Diabetes Myths and Facts
There are number of myths about diabetes treatment. A diabetic should know correct information about diabetes and its treatment.
Myth – Uncooked food or food taken in raw form helps in checking diabetes
Fact – The calorie value of foods whether raw or cooked remain 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. It is more important to eat wisely and have a balanced diet whatever the form.
Myth – A diabetic person can balance off over eating with use of insulin
Fact – No, a diabetic person should follow the diet plan given by his doctor. Violation from it can lead to complications. Many diabetics live longer than normal people because they have a tendency to regulate their lives more strictly than the non-diabetic. They avoid or restrict foods containing a large quantity of ‘free sugar’ such as ice cream, pastries, cake, sweets, table sugar, etc.
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 point. 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.
Excessive intake of sugar or sweets may aggravate and bring to light an underlying tendency towards diabetes.
Disclaimer: This article is not meant to provide health advice and is for general information only. Always seek the insights of a qualified health professional before embarking on any health program.
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