Diabetes myths busted

By  , Jagran Cityplus
Jan 18, 2011

Taking insulinOn festive seasons, how many of you have gorged on sweets and been stopped by your near ones from eating them? Well, many have experienced these situations. These are the most common myths associated with the diabetes.


On the occasion of World Diabetes Day on November 14, we interacted with experts to bring you the common myths and facts about diabetes.


The American Heart Association has defined diabetes as a premature cardiovascular disease. "One in eight Indian adults either has or is at high-risk of diabetes. According to International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Diabetes Atlas 4th edition, India has the second highest number of people with diabetes at 50.8 million adults. In addition to this, 40 million Indians have impaired glucose tolerance (IGT), which means they are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes," says Dr Balbir Singh, Senior Cardiologist, chairman, division of electro physiology and Pacing, Medanta Medicity hospital.


Myth: Diabetes is difficult to control.
Fact: Diabetes isn't a curable disease but it can be controlled when patients properly manage their meals, exercise and take right medication. With proper guidance and education, patients can prevent and/or minimise many of the more serious complications. Take guidance from doctors to effectively manage this disease.


Myth: Non-consumption of sugar, sweets or excessive amount of carbohydrates checks the onset of diabetes
Fact: There is no medical evidence to support this. The exact cause of diabetes is not known. Studies have shown that the disease occurs more frequently in people who have a family history and who are overweight. Other causes are abnormal function of the pancreas, liver, adrenal glands, pituitary gland and other related structures.


Myth: Only older people get diabetes.
Fact: These days, children as young as five years are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. To help prevent diabetes in children, parents should try to encourage good habits for the entire family. That means less video games and TV, more physical activity, less junk food.


Myth: Uncooked food or food taken in raw form helps in checking diabetes
Fact: The calorie value of foods whether raw or cooked remains unchanged and so is their fattening attribute. The effect of food on human body in terms of calorie accumulation remains the same and this provides no guard against diabetes.



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