Common Diabetes Myths – Part 2

The first part of the diabetes myths tackled the some of the common preconceived notions about diabetes and how it affects children. This article is a continuation of the dispelling of the different myths that people might have of the dreaded disease. Whatever myths that you are holding onto regarding diabetes, read on first. You might learn a thing or two about what the disease is really about.

Myth 1: If diabetics take insulin, their condition will be cured.

Taking insulin is only for maintenance. The insulin that a person takes does not cure him or her from the dreaded disease. It only keeps the person alive but it does not take away the disease. Even though research and discoveries regarding a cure for the disease has improved by leaps and bounds, a remedy for the disease remains undiscovered. So the myth that diabetics will soon be cured if they regularly take enough insulin is not true.

Myth 2: Diabetes is caused by eating too much sugar.

The increased consumption of sugar in one’s diet has not been scientifically proven to cause diabetes. Scientific evidence actually has determined that diets which are high in sugar do not directly cause diabetes. There are people who have had high-sugar diets whose blood sugar levels have remained the same.

The one thing that went through the roof was their insulin level. The person’s pancreas was overexerting itself to try and manage the person’s blood sugar at that level. Despite the sugar binge, the pancreas tried to cope with the increased sugar intake and the person’s blood sugar level stayed level.

One of the things that could be an indirect reaction to this is that, if a person would constantly tax their pancreas at that level, they might develop insulin resistance which will eventually result to them putting on weight.

Myth 3: If a person who has diabetes abides by a strict diet and exercise strategy while closely monitoring his or her blood sugar levels through daily multiple insulin injections, they will be able to have complete control over their blood sugar levels.

There are people who think that as long as they are able to strictly follow their strict low-sugar diets and continuously take in insulin, that they will be able to control their blood glucose levels. This is not entirely true.

While the most effective strategy to achieve and maintain a solid control of one’s blood sugar is through a good diet and a good exercise plan, this plan does not necessarily promise to deliver optimal results in controlling one’s blood sugar level.

There are several factors which may contribute to a spike in a person’s blood sugar level. Some of these are periods of growth, illnesses, hormone changes or increased stress levels. All of these contribute to the increase of one’s blood sugaar levels and may be the trigger for diabetes in a person.

These are just some of the myths that one should know about regarding the dreaded disease of diabetes. It is recommended that you consult with your doctor in order to get your facts straight and also have yourself checked if you are a candidate for this particular disease. After all, a ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure.