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Common diabetes myths – separate the facts from the fiction.
There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding diabetes. So what’s really true?
Myth: Diabetes is a fat person’s disease
Not so. While being overweight or obese is a significant risk factor for type 2 diabetes, other risk factors such as how much physical activity you get, family history, ethnicity, and age also play a role. This means some people who are overweight may not develop type 2 diabetes while some people who are of a healthy weight will develop type 2 diabetes.
Myth: Too much sugar causes diabetes
Wrong! There is no evidence sugar itself causes diabetes. While diabetes does mean having too much sugar in the bloodstream, the relationship isn’t that simple. Type 1 diabetes occurs as a result of the body’s immune system attacking its own insulin-producing cells, which has nothing to do with eating sugar. And, in type 2 diabetes, the hormone insulin is unable to work properly to get glucose (sugar) from the bloodstream into muscles and cells. This is worsened by carrying extra weight, being inactive and eating lots of saturated fat. Sugar, per se, doesn’t cause insulin resistance – although obviously when eaten in excess it can contribute to weight gain, which then increases the risk.
Myth: Diabetes is not that serious
Unfortunately not true. The sad fact is diabetes, particularly when it is not well managed, can lead to significant health problems including heart, kidney, eye and blood vessel disease. The good news is with the right management, the risk of these complications is significantly reduced and many people with diabetes live a life free from complications.
Do I need to give up my favourite foods?
No. There’s no special ‘diabetic diet’. A person with diabetes should be aiming to eat a healthy diet, just like the rest of us – and this can still include their favourite foods. There are some foods (for example, cakes, pastries, biscuits, chips, lollies, soft drinks and fried fast foods) that are best kept as once-in-a-while treats rather than everyday choices.
The timing and quantity of foods becomes more important, particularly for those taking medication or insulin, because the aim is to keep blood sugar levels as stable as possible. For someone with type 2 diabetes who is overweight, a healthy eating plan should also
aim to achieve gradual weight loss. The focus for type 1 diabetes is more about matching insulin dose to the food you eat.
Do I need to avoid all grains and grain foods?
All grains contain carbohydrate. Many of us get the impression that carbohydrate are bad for you. But in reality, your body wouldn’t be able to function without them. Whole grains are rich in vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and fibre that are vital to good health. Several studies suggest whole grains are protective against type 2 diabetes. The intact nutrients and fibre in whole grains, together with their lower glycaemic index, may improve insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism. Whole grains help to slow the digestion of the starch into blood glucose which lead to smaller blood sugar spikes.
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