Sugar-Busters Meet Myth-Busters

Sugar busters

For many people, diabetes is some unfamiliar medical condition that prevents you from being able to eat sugar or pretty much anything else that’s tasty. Moreover, you have to give yourself shots all the time. In reality, diabetes and those who live with it come in many shapes and sizes. It is a serious, complicated health condition. However mysterious and confusing it may seem, it is possible for diabetics and even those who do not live with it to learn and understand the disease, ostensibly allowing them to manage the disease and live happy, productive lives.

Of course, the down-side of dissemination of knowledge is misinformation. There is countless amounts of misinformation about diabetes floating around out there. From television and movies, which use plenty of creative license to work their characters’ lives out, to people simply not having a good understanding of or familiarity with the disease, the facts have been muddled with fiction to the extent even many diabetics don’t have the right information.

Registered nurse Ann Hansen, RN, CDE, wrote an article for the in an effort to dispel rumors from a nurse’s point of view. She was inspired to write her article after a co-worker who is a dietitian wrote an article diabetes myths from a dietitian’s point of view. Hansen gets right to the point, spelling out nine different ‘facts’ about diabetes, some of which have been around  long enough to become the accepted standard.

The article serves a dual purpose. Besides quelling popular myths about diabetes the article also gives good insight into real facts about the disease such as the origin and cause. Many of the topics shed light on conditions or actions that could prove to be life-threatening if misunderstood and mishandled. The article gives pause to raise valid points about how necessary it is for diabetics to take care of themselves.

Most of the “myths” seem to be more like excuses people tell themselves to justify not doing the necessary things to maintain good health. Hansen’s succinct rebuttals to the myths she runs into the most reiterate the need for appropriate care and consideration when living with diabetes. She encourages readers to do their own research and garner as much knowledge as possible on the subject, as well as putting forth that extra effort to do the necessary things to make their quality of life as good as possible.

Hansen does note the most prolific myth she has encountered touts some non-existent glucose meter that does not require the patient to draw their blood. She refutes this myth by pointing out all glucose monitors require the diabetic to “stick” themselves, in order to draw a tiny amount of blood needed to measure the amount of glucose in the bloodstream.

Finally, Hansen suggests diabetes education classes, including Skiff’s Diabetes Support Group, Lunch and Learn Programs, and others. She encourages diabetics and those who want to know more about the disease to arm themselves with as much knowledge as they can, in order to be as informed as possible.

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Trina L. Grant is a freelance writer and editor. You can find more advice about diabetes and general health and nutrition on her website.

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