Myths about Diabetes

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Myth: Eating sweets can lead to diabetes

Fact: Eating sweets or the wrong kind of food does not cause diabetes. However, it may cause obesity.

Myth: Stress can lead to diabetes

Fact: Stress does not cause diabetes, although it may be a trigger for the body turning on itself as in the case of Type 1 diabetes. It does, however, make the symptoms worse for those who already have diabetes.

Myth: Diabetes is contagious

Fact: Diabetes is not contagious. Someone with diabetes cannot pass it on to anyone else.

Myth: All diabetes is inherited.

Fact: Not everyone who gets diabetes inherits it.

Myth: There are no natural remedies for diabetes.

: The most natural remedy is eating a healthy diet and exercise. Healthy eating and physical activity help to lower your blood glucose levels.

Myth: Insulin causes impotence

Fact: Some men who have diabetes may become impotent, but not because they take insulin. Impotence or erectile dysfunction is caused by damage to nerves caused by many years of high blood glucose.

Myth: Type 2 diabetes is not serious

Fact: All types of diabetes are serious, and need to be taken seriously by people who have it and their families.

Myth: Diabetes is difficult to control

Fact: Diabetes isn't a curable disease but it can be controlled when patients properly manage their meals, exercise, and the right medications.

Myth: Persons with diabetes only have to worry about eating sugar

Fact: Many people who have diabetes incorrectly believe that properly managing diabetes means only reducing their sugar intake. While management of carbohydrate intake is a critical part of diabetes management, diabetes affects the entire body.

Myth: It's a good idea to soak your feet every day if you have diabetes

Fact: This used to be a common practice, but soaking your feet can make your skin dry and is no longer recommended.

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