Diabetes is a disease that affects millions of lives across the country. With so much public awareness about the disease and so many sources of information, it’s not hard to come across certain “facts” that aren’t true. It’s critical to ask your health care provider about diabetes information before incorporating something new into your diabetes lifestyle management.
Podiatrist Harvey Danciger lists four of the common myths about diabetes that he hears. Below he provides the true facts for these, which include:
Myth 1: If you are obese or overweight, you will eventually develop diabetes.
Fact: Although being overweight is a huge risk factor to develop diabetes, there are other risk factors. They include family history, ethnicity and age, which are often disregarded. Many people that are overweight won’t develop type 2 diabetes and many people with the disease are at a normal weight.
Myth 2: Eating too much sugar causes diabetes.
Fact: Type 1 diabetes is caused by genetics and other unknown factors while type 2 diabetes is causes by genetics and lifestyle factors. A high calorie diet which may include sugar contributes to obesity which can increase your risk for type 2 diabetes. If diabetes is in your family history, a healthy diet and sufficient exercise is recommended.
Myth 3: If you have diabetes you shouldn’t eat starchy foods.
Fact: Starchy foods such as whole grains, pasta and rice are a part of a healthy meal plan that provides energy and fiber. However, the key is portion size. It’s recommended to have 3-4 servings of carbohydrate foods per meal.
Myth 4: If you have diabetes then you can’t eat sweets or chocolate.
Fact: There aren’t any off limit foods for people with diabetes compared to people who don’t have diabetes. If eaten in moderation, small amounts with a healthy meal plan and exercise sweets and desserts can be eaten without harm.
Diabetes is a serious disease and the facts should be known and clear. If you have any questions about the disease, contact our office to set up an appointment with Dr. Danciger! Let us help you understand the disease with the correct facts!