Myth: Diabetes is not a serious disease.
Truth: Diabetes causes more deaths than both AIDS and breast cancer put together, according the American Diabetes Association. Your risk for a heart attack is nearly doubled with diabetes. The good news is there are ways to prevent and control your diabetes.
Myth: The cause of diabetes is eating too much sugar.
Truth: According to experts, “Type 1 diabetes is caused by genetics and unknown factors that trigger the onset of the disease; type 2 diabetes is caused by genetics and lifestyle factors. Being overweight does increase your risk for developing type 2 diabetes, and a diet high in calories from any source contributes to weight gain.” (Diabetes.org)
Myth: Diabetics need a special diet.
Truth: A healthy diet with a balance of complex carbohydrates, lean protein, and lots of veggies can benefit everyone, even those with diabetes.
Myth: If you are overweight you will eventually develop (Type 2) Diabetes.
Truth: Most overweight people will never develop diabetes, and many people with type 2 diabetes are at a normal weight or only slightly overweight. Being overweight is a risk factor, but there are many factors like age, heredity, and ethnicity that also play a huge role. (diabetes.org)
Myth: Diabetes can be cured.
Truth: Right now, there is no “cure”. Once diagnosed, the diabetes needs to be monitored and controlled with change in diet, exercise, and medication.
It is important for people with diabetes to be aware of the risks and complications that come with diabetes, especially in regards to the health of your feet. If you or a family member has diabetes and does not get your feet regularly checked by a health professional, then we encourage you to come in and get a foot screening and speak to one of our doctors!