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Posted on Apr 19, 2022

Some myths about Diabetes

Does eating sugar cause diabetes?

A diet which has high calories from any of the sources (including sugar) leads to weight gain which in turn raises our risk for a type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes results from genetics & unknown factors which trigger start of the disease. Sugar does not lead to type to diabetes, however, type 2 results from lifestyle factors & genetics.

Can sugary drinks result in diabetes?

As per some researches sugary drinks are linked with type 2 diabetes. We recommend that individuals shall avoid taking sugar-sweetened drinks to prevent type 2 diabetes. Sugary drinks increase the blood glucose (also known as blood sugar) as well. Single 12-ounce can of the regular soda comprises of around 150 calories & 40 grams carbohydrate. This amount equals the quantity of carbohydrate present in 10 teaspoons of sugar.

Sugar-sweetened beverages are:

  • Fruit drinks
  • Regular soda
  • Sweet tea
  • Energy drinks
  • Sport drinks &
  • Other sugary drinks

Is diabetes a severe disease?

Diabetes results in more deaths every year as compared with AIDs & breast cancer combined & suffering from diabetes almost doubles our chances of having a heart attack. However, management of our diabetes could reduce our risk for complications from diabetes.

During type 2 diabetes the doctor asks us to start using insulin, Does this mean we have failed to take properly care of our diabetes?

Use of insulin to push the levels of blood glucose to a healthy level is good. For most of the individuals, type 2 diabetes happens to be progressive disorder. When 1st diagnosed, many of us having type 2 diabetes could keep our blood glucose at the healthy levels by adopting a combination of physical activities, meal plan & oral medicines. But as time passes, our body gradually makes less & lesser of insulin & finally oral medicines may not proof sufficient to sustain the levels of blood glucose within the healthy range.

Is Eating too much of fruits OK as they are healthy?

Fruits comprise of carbohydrates, hence they rise our blood sugar & this needs to be considered in our meal plan. Fruits contain lot of vitamins and fiber also, therefore, we shall consult a good dietician regarding the frequency, types and quantity of fruits we can eat.