Top 3 Diabetes Myths Exposed

If you were to start a survey among the people you know or random strangers on the street, they will all tell you that only overweight people get diabetes and that this debilitating condition is the result of eating too many sweet foodstuffs. However, both these common beliefs are false, as most diabetes patients find out the hard way.

The only explanation I can think off to justify the association between diabetes and sweets is the misinterpreting the fact that blood sugar actually refers to regular sugar used in candy, chocolate or soda drinks. Let’s get our facts straight and expose the common sugar myths that are erroneously associated with diabetes.

Myth #1: Managing diabetes entails cutting out the sugar from the diet

In my opinion, this is one of the most dangerous misconceptions for diabetes patients. You won’t believe the number of people who think that they can simply manage their condition by refraining from eating sugar-based aliments. To their (unpleasant) surprise, even without eating sweets or drinking sodas, their blood sugar levels are still sky high.

For starters, you should know that our body converts all foods we eat into sugars – the only exception being the aliments that contain fibers. Consequentially, even if you avoid eating sugary foods, but have a regular plate of baked potato with a delicious piece of chicken, then it will have the same impact as ingesting toffee.

If all foods make their way into blood sugars, then what are you allowed to eat to keep the glycemia levels under control? It is necessary to mention the fact that not all carbohydrates are transformed in the same manner: essentially, the sugars obtained from rich fiber foods (vegetables) will not raise your glycemia as quickly and as much as the sugars derived from potatoes or foods containing white flours.

Myth #2: It is perfectly OK to eat sugar-free candy

Assuming that at this point you understood that aliments rich in carbohydrates are just as dangerous as sugar itself, you can easily comprehend why this affirmation is false. With the risk of becoming the bearer of bad news, I would like to tell you that sugar-free candy found on the market nowadays usually contains an amount of carbohydrates that is comparable with products containing sugar.

I’m not saying that you will never be able to indulge your sweet tooth craving, but rather that you should read the package and make sure the amount of carbohydrates is safe for you. Besides the carbs, another thing to watch out for is the percentage of artificial sweeteners, meaning the vast majority of weird ingredients ending in “-ol”. The problem with the artificial sweeteners is that they usually pass through the stomach undigested and, in high amounts, they will lead to nausea and diarrhea.

Disclaimer: not all sugar-free foods are bad for you. However, it is best to act cautious if you have diabetes and understand the nutritional label in order to be certain that you are eating what you think you are eating.

Myth #3: Diabetes is caused by excessively eating sugary foods

Considering that diabetes implies a high build-up of sugars in the bloodstream, it is perfectly understandable how this belief came to be. However, so far the medical community does not know the real causes of either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Moreover, no study has been able to find a connection between diabetes and high sugar consumption.

I would like to underline the fact that being overweight does significantly increase the chances of developing type 2 diabetes. At the same time, a diet that is rich in calories, irrespective if they come from fats or sugar, will inevitably contribute to gaining weight. Given these facts, if you have a history of diabetes in your family, it is best that you manage your weight though regular exercise and a healthy diet.

A final word

Just because you decided to completely remove the sugary foods from your diet that does not automatically imply that you will never develop diabetes. According to statistics provided by the American Diabetes Association, most overweight people never develop type 2 diabetes, while many type 2 diabetes patient have a normal weight or are just slightly chunky.

Hi, we at Ion My Diabetes know a thing or two about diabetes so through our postings; we aim to educate the masses as informatively as possible about this health condition.

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