Diabetes

Top 10 Diabetes Myths

  1. Follow doctor’s orders and glucose will be just fine

In some cases, doctors would give the same instructions to their patients for many years, telling them that compliance would lead to perfect glucose levels. Truth is, there are many variables in the lives of diabetics, and negative urine tests don’t necessarily mean no diabetic effects. Many day-to-day variables can also change the glucose levels.

 

  1. Borderline cases of diabetes can remain undetected for years

This is a complete misnomer because borderline diabetes is non-existent. If blood glucose is greater or equal to 126mg/l more than once while fasting, or greater or equal to 200mg/l more than once after a meal, you have diabetes. Doing more exercise helps prevent diabetes, and mitigates effects if you already have the condition.

 

  1. Unproven alternative treatments can cure diabetes

Be careful with what you read or hear about alternative treatments. Many people turn to such methods but they can actually be harmful. Always check with your doctor or health authorities. As of now, diabetes has no known cure, so don’t be fooled by charlatans.

 

  1. Your body tells you when your blood glucose levels change

Other than hypoglycemia when you sweat, feel palpitations and have a headache – and even then you can’t say exactly how low your blood glucose is, it’s impossible to really tell without testing. It’s dangerous to try and treat yourself by relying on your feelings and perceptions.

 

  1. Hypoglycemia damages the brain

With a rapid onset, headache, or a feeling of weakness and, perhaps, disorientation, many believe that low blood glucose is dangerous to mental wellbeing. However, no tests have evidenced a loss of mental functions even after repeated hypoglycemic episodes. Just be aware and keep others informed if you tend towards frequent hypoglycemia.

 

  1. Once you start needing insulin, it’s over

Type-2 diabetics can sometimes feel that they are headed for an early grave, but it’s not true. If you need insulin, it’s probably due to insufficient pancreatic production even with medication. Don’t panic because you’re just as likely to die as someone with Type-1 diabetes.

 

  1. Diabetics should be discouraged from exercising

Possibly the most damaging myth because it is 100% untrue, and a lack of exercise is only going to exacerbate existing problems. Don’t just settle for aerobic exercises. Also, make sure you pay attention to exercising any of your muscles that you can move!

 

  1. Diabetes is mostly passed down in families

While it is true that Type-2 is genetically linked, Type-1 is usually a result of a particular event in a family.  Genetics means that not necessarily every child is destined to inherit from a Type-2 diabetic parent.

 

  1. Diabetes destroys your GSOH

It can be difficult to accept a diagnosis of diabetes, but after a while, you should be smiling and laughing again. If this doesn’t happen at all, then you may have a depression. Many studies have been able to show that there are significant health benefits from laughter, which is one of the reasons why you need to treat depression and mood disorders.

 

  1. Give your feet a good soak every day

This is another myth that is potentially more harmful than beneficial. A diabetic must be quite careful with his or her skin and must moisturise it on a regular basis. Soaking will dry your feet out, making it more likely for the skin to break and be open to infection.