Recently I met with Dr Narendra BS, DM Consultant Endocrinologist, Apollo Sugar Clinics, Bangalore.
During the interaction he showcased his article busting 7 Myths about Diabetes.
Myth – 1: I have to be overweight to get diabetes.
Truth: – Actually about 20 percent of people who get type 2 diabetes are not overweight, nor are most people who get type 1 diabetes.
Myth – 2: Type 2 diabetes is not as serious as type 1.
Truth: Actually, type 1 and type 2 diabetes are equally serious, because they both can lead to the same devastating complications.
Myth – 3: So many of my family members have diabetes, I’m certain to get it!
Truth: Actually, you may be predisposed to getting type 2 diabetes, but you can do a lot to possibly prevent it.
Myth – 4: Insulin shots are very painful.
Truth:- Actually, today’s insulin injections typically don’t hurt, and most patients report that they hardly feel them at all.
Myth – 5: If my diabetes is under control, there’s no need to see my doctor.
Truth: Actually, because you may not notice any symptoms at the beginning of many diabetic complications, seeing your doctor regularly is important both to prevent complications and to detect them early.
Myth – 6: Women with diabetes shouldn’t get pregnant.
Truth:- Actually, this mantra, still told to thousands of women today, is no longer true.
Myth – 7: Healthful foods won’t raise my blood sugar.
Truth: Actually, foods that are healthful can also contain a lot of carbohydrates, which raise blood sugar.
This is an eye opener for all of us and will help creating more awareness regarding the rampant diabetes.