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The Truth Behind Common Diabetes Myths

By Rick Cohen, 9:00 am on

More than nine percent of the U.S. population has diabetes. Despite this, there are many myths and stereotypes surrounding the disease. Here are six common myths about diabetes that deserve correction. 

Myth: Diabetes isn’t serious

Diabetes is a chronic condition that can be managed and controlled. Despite this, it kills more people than AIDS and breast cancer combined. More than 60 percent of people with diabetes die due to stroke or heart disease. 

Myth: People with diabetes can’t have treats

Having diabetes does require monitoring blood sugar levels, but this is no reason someone with diabetes can’t eat sugary treats occasionally. Milwaukee senior care professionals agree that diabetics can safely eat anything they like, as long as it’s done in moderation. 

Myth: Eating too much sugar gives you diabetes

While being overweight is a risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes and heavy consumption of sugary drinks is linked to the disease, diabetes is a complex disease with many risk factors. Type 1 diabetes is caused by genetics and potentially unknown factors while type 2 diabetes can be caused by many lifestyle factors as well as genetics. 

Myth: Diabetics need to eat special food for diabetes

Diabetics are encouraged to stick with the same healthy diet as anyone else: limited sugar and salt and focusing on lean protein, non-starchy vegetables, and whole grains. In most cases, special “diabetic” foods have no unique value. 

Myth: You can be just a “little” diabetic

The truth is there is no such thing as being just “a bit” diabetic. Someone who has diabetes must manage their condition or face the risk of potentially serious complications. 

Myth: The symptoms of type 2 diabetes are easy to recognize

While type 1 diabetes usually has an abrupt and dramatic onset, type 2 diabetes comes on slowly for most people. Symptoms like increased urination, fatigue, and blurred vision, are often written off at first. Many people also remain in the prediabetic stage for years with only slightly elevated blood sugar levels.

Managing a chronic disease like diabetes can be more challenging with age as tasks like grocery shopping, cooking, and exercising become increasingly more difficult to do without help. Ensure your loved one has the support needed to manage symptoms and live a healthy life with help from Home Care Assistance. Our experienced and trained caregivers can help with the above tasks, provide safety monitoring, and offer companionship and support on a schedule of the client’s choosing. To learn more about our care services, including hourly and live-in senior care in Milwaukee, give us a call at (414) 964-8000 today.

Dispelling Common Myths About Diabetes