Although being overweight increases the chances of getting diabetes, it is not the only factor involved. Poor lifestyle and genetics also play a part. There are lots of diabetics that are not overweight.
People with diabetes need a special 'diabetic diet' plan
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A 'diabetic diet' plan is the same as a regular diet plan, which is low on saturated and trans fat, moderate in sugar and salt, and is centered around protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. However, each diet plan is created according to the person's condition. Please consult your doctor/dietician if you have diabetes.
People with diabetes can have sweets or chocolates
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If sweets and chocolates are taken along with a healthy meal plan then they can be had by diabetics. Have small portions of sweets and remember not to overdo them. However, please consult with your doctor/dietician first because sugar intake is based on each individual's state of health. In extreme cases, people are asked to abstain from having any sweets at all.
Diabetics should avoid eating fruits
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Fruits are good for your health as they contain important vitamins and minerals and are an important part of the diet plan. If you are diabetic, consult with your doctor about the frequency and quantity of fruits in your diet.
Diabetes can affect not only old people but people of any age
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There is no age for getting diabetes. Studies have shown that children as young as 5 years of age can get diabetes. Diabetes is caused by a mix of several factors including genetics and lifestyle choices and has nothing to do with age. However, your chances of getting diabetes increase as you grow old.