According to reports by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 100 million adults in the U.S. have Prediabetes or Diabetes. As Diabetes is becoming more common, so is the information surrounding it.
However, not everything people say about Diabetes is true, which is why it is very important to know the facts so that one can make a better decision to manage Diabetes.
Myths and Facts About Diabetes:
Some of the most common and popular myths about Diabetes are listed below:
Myth 1: Diabetic Person cannot eat Starchy Foods like Pasta, Bread, or Potatoes.
Fact: Everything is healthy in the right proportion; the same goes for starchy food. A diabetic person should include starchy food in his/her diet plan but in a portion size. Whole grain bread, rice, pasta, cereals, and starchy vegetables like potatoes, corn, and peas can be included in snacks or meals for diabetic people. In addition to these starchy foods, one can include beans, fruits, yogurt, milk, or even sweets. A person should know how much carbohydrate he/she can eat and depend upon this, he/she can choose the meal and portion of these starchy foods.
Myth 2: Diabetes Has No Effect on PCOS
Fact: According to the research, approximately 27% of women with Diabetes also have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). In a survey of 8,000 women in Australia, it was found that women who had PCOS were at 4.4 to 8 times more at risk of having Diabetes. PCOS causes hormonal changes. It also causes insulin resistance, making the person at more risk of having Type 2 Diabetes. Also, overweight or obese people with PCOS are at a higher risk of Diabetes.
Myth 3: People with Diabetes Cannot Drink Alcohol
Fact: Many people say that in diabetes one cannot drink alcohol. However, the truth is that drinking in a moderate quantity will not affect diabetes. Women with diabetes can take one drink a day and men can take two drinks a day. According to Carolyn Brown, a nutritionist at Foodtrainers in New York, a drink people may have at night might lower their blood sugar in the morning. However, it is always suggested to consult a doctor as everyone's endocrine system is different.
Myth 4: Avoid Vegetables Containing Goitrogen
Fact: The Goitrogen helps in making insulin and big insulin molecules, this is why many people suggest that diabetic people completely avoid vegetables containing Goitrogen. However, diabetic people may have vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, etc. in moderate quantities to manage their thyroid functionality. Diabetic people can steam these vegetables, as that diminishes the effect of Goitrogen.
Myth 5: Diabetic Person Cannot Exercise Too Much
Fact: Many people think that too much exercise can lower blood sugar. However, exercise is very crucial for people who have type 2 Diabetes and are not on insulin. It also helps in weight loss.
Diabetes is a hormonal disorder and can be cured with proper diet and medication. However, avoiding some food or exercise may not be helpful to cure it.
There are a lot of myths surrounding this disease; we hope we have helped you dispel a few of those.