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Diabetes Myth Busters – A Mini Guide

Living with myths can be dangerous. It is about time we have a look at some of the most common myths associated with Diabetes.

Myth 1:

My sugar levels are under control, my diabetes has gone away, and hence I can stop my medication

Diabetes can be controlled but you cannot wish it away. You shouldn’t alter your medication unless advised by your doctor! That’s because your prescribed medicines are aiding insulin production that allows sugar to be absorbed from your blood. Just make sure you periodically review your medicines and dosage with your doctor along with regular monitoring of blood sugar levels using a glucometer as the lifestyle you lead may have an impact on the medicines you have to consume.

Myth 2:

Injecting insulin is painful

No! Diabetes insulin doesn’t need to hurt. If you practice good injection technique, the experience will be almost painless. If you need any assistance on this, just let the #BeatO Coach guide you on the technique.

Myth 3:

Alcohol is off limits

Not really, but the condition is that it should be included occasionally and in a responsible way. Just make sure that if and when you consume alcohol you do so with the ideal snack or food for diabetics which includes protein and low carbs. This will avoid you going into a hypo state (eg; feeling dizzy). Your liver maintains glucose levels to provide energy to your brain. When you drink empty stomach it will prioritize breaking down alcohol from the blood rather than balancing glucose levels.

BeatO suggests that if you must, then drink in moderation and avoid beer, sweet wines and cocktails with juices and sugary mix-ins.

Myth 4:

I can eat everything sugar free

No way! If the product contains other carbohydrates in the form of flour, corn meal, or corn starch etc that get converted into glucose during digestion, then this can actually cause more harm than good. Sugar free in the mouth is not necessarily sugar free in the blood.

Myth 5:

People with diabetes loose both their eyesight and legs

Although it is globally known that diabetes is one of the leading causes of blindness which also leads to damage of nerves and tissues in legs and feet resulting in many amputations each year. However, like with any illness, maintaining healthy levels of blood pressure, glucose, weight and quitting smoking together improve their overall health and lifestyle and allow them to remain free from all diabetes related complications.

Blindness and amputation are therefore preventable simply by undergoing regular blood tests recommended for diabetes.

Myth 6:

People with diabetes are more prone to various illnesses

This is not entirely true. People with diabetes are not more prone to colds or other illnesses. However, why illness holds more significance for diabetics is because it can make the management of blood glucose levels more difficult which in turn increases the severity of an illness or infection. After all, prevention is always better than cure.

Myth 7:

Diabetes is contagious

This myth has been rooted since ages giving rise to diabetes related stigma in the society. But let us face it, diabetes cannot be caught off someone else. Diabetes is categorised as being a non-communicable illness meaning it cannot be passed on by sneezing, through touch, nor via blood or any other person to person means.

The only way in which diabetes is transferred from one person to the other is through genetic history – like from parents to their own children. But even this is only a genetic likelihood of diabetes and not the condition itself.

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