You probably know someone who has diabetes but there are many common myths about this disease, so we want to make sure you have the facts! Here are the top 5 myths about diabetes and those living with the disease… did you believe any were true?
Myth 1: Only overweight or obese people have diabetes.
Fact: You may be surprised to know that diabetes occurs in people of any weight, shape and size! There are risk factors with type 2 diabetes, such as people aged over 45 and are overweight or with high blood pressure, but these are not direct causes. Thin people can still develop both types of diabetes.
Myth 2: If you are healthy and look after yourself, you won’t get diabetes.
Fact: Actually, not really true! The risk of developing diabetes is varied and can be affected by your age, family history and ethnicity.
- Type 1, is not caused by lifestyle factors and has no known cause or cure. The body does not make insulin and patients need to inject insulin every day.
- Type 2, can be influenced by lifestyle factors. The body has a reduced response to insulin. There is evidence to show that prevention programs can help prevent some cases, but not all. Tablets and/ or injectables may be required as part of your management plan.
Myth 3: Some people just have mild Diabetes
Fact: All types of diabetes are serious! Diabetes symptoms can sometimes turn into an emergency quite quickly and suddenly. This is why it is important for your GP to help you manage the condition so you know the signs and symptoms of an emergency and what to do if one arises.
Myth 4: People with diabetes shouldn’t eat dessert
Fact: Sugary treats and desserts are OK! While sweets can and do affect blood sugar, they do not cause you to develop diabetes, but if you have diabetes, you must carefully monitor your carbohydrate intake. This is because carbohydrates are responsible for raising your blood sugar levels.
Myth 5: No one in my family has diabetes, so I won’t have it.
Fact: Family history is only one risk factor. In fact, every five minutes someone is diagnosed with diabetes, amounting to almost 300 new people every day. Some of the general symptoms of diabetes are:
- Extreme thirst
- Dry mouth
- Frequent urination
- Irritable behaviour
- Blurred vision
- Wounds that don’t heal quickly
- Skin that itches or is dry
- Yeast infections
If you are concerned that you may have these symptoms, or could be high risk – talk to your GP. At SmartClinics, an individual program is tailored to your specific needs. Our GP’s know how to assess and tailor an individual diabetes management plan with you.
Your can learn more about Diabetes here http://www.smartclinics.com.au/medical-services/diabetes-care/
Take care of your health and wellbeing by booking an appointment with us today.
Thanks to Diabetes Australia, we can dispel some of those myths!