In the United States, over 25 million adults have . As this number continues to increase every year, it’s important to know myths from facts about diabetes. Here are five diabetes myths debunked.
Myth #1: Diabetes doesn’t run in my family so I won’t be getting it.
Fact: There are several risk factors for type 2 diabetes. You might not have family history of diabetes, but being overweight, having an unhealthy diet, not exercising, your age, a high blood pressure and your ethnicity could put you at risk for diabetes.
Myth #2: Eating too much sugar causes diabetes.
Fact: Type 2 diabetes is linked to genetics, ethnicity, age, obesity and inactivity. If you’re eating a diet high in calories from any source, you’ll gain weight, which puts you at risk for developing type 2 diabetes and other health conditions. There are other types of diabetes also not caused by eating too much sugar such as gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) and type 1 diabetes, which is an autoimmune disease.
Myth #3: I can’t eat sweets or starchy foods if I have diabetes.
Fact: A healthy diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, plenty of whole grains and a limited amount of fat and refined sugar is good for everyone, including those with diabetes. Moderation is important for everyone as well as people with diabetes.
Myth #4: I need to lose a lot of weight for my diabetes to improve.
Fact: Losing 10-15 pounds can improve your blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol. Staying active can help you get there. However, while you may be able to live a happy and healthy live with diabetes, there is no cure for diabetes.
Myth #5: If I develop gestational diabetes during my pregnancy, I shouldn’t worry because it’ll go away after giving birth.
Fact: Gestational diabetes does go away on its own after the baby is born. However, both you and your baby will be at risk of developing type 2 diabetes later. Also, you’ll be at a higher risk of getting gestational diabetes again in future pregnancies.