Debunking 6 Common Diabetes Myths

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Diabetes. Although our country is placed first for diabetes prevalence, there are still a lot of people with less to zero knowledge on this “silent killer”, unfortunately. Due to the lack of awareness, there are many diabetes myths out there that are thought to be true.

Have you heard of people saying that diabetics are not allowed to eat fruits? Is it true?

To find out the answer, this article serves to educate you about the 6 common diabetes myths.

Myth #1 Diabetics cannot eat fruits

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Fruits are highly beneficial for the human body. There are two things that diabetic patients must keep in mind. First, they can only eat whole fruits. This means no fruit juice, canned fruits and such. Second, moderation is key. Although fruits are good, specialists would still recommend an appropriate portion to the patient.

Myth #2 Diabetics cannot eat carbs

Same as fruits, diabetics should only eat whole carbohydrates. Whole carbs are unprocessed and still contain fibre. Fibre is important because it helps to avoid blood sugar levels to spike. Whole carbs include whole grains, vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, potatoes and more. What diabetics should avoid is refined carbs which are processed carbs and the fibres are stripped out. Examples of refined carbs are pasta, white bread, and white rice.

Myth #3 Being on insulin means lifestyle change is unnecessary

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Let’s put it this way. Let’s say you have a sore and swollen throat and the doctor gives you antibiotics. While you’re on antibiotics, does this mean that it is okay for you to continue eating fried and fatty food? Will you get better? I believe you know the answer to this one:) Lifestyle change is NECESSARY!

Myth #4 Diabetics will definitely lose a limb

With proper leg and foot care, it is possible for a diabetic patient to prevent himself from getting foot ulcers which can lead to amputation. Some of the tips for proper care include inspecting your leg and feet daily and don’t walk around barefoot and yes, even when you are at home.

Myth #5 Exercise is dangerous for diabetics

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Exercise is always a good thing.  Some of the benefits of exercise include the need for insulin will decrease. The reason being is that consistent involvement in doing physical activities can help the body cells to take up glucose and hence, blood glucose level decreases. Not only that, it lessens the risk of developing obesity. 

Consistent exercise and a healthy diet will do wonders for diabetes. Check out our health plant-based food menu here

Myth #6 Diabetes cannot be cured

Contrary to popular belief,  studies have found that it is curable. The studies conducted did just one thing – diet change. The patients in the studies had to consume more grains, fruits, and vegetables. The results?  It was found that diabetic participants on oral medications and diabetic participants on insulin were able to get off their medications after several days introduced to the new diet and also exercise program. In conclusion, as long as one faithfully maintains the new lifestyle, it is possible to cure or reverse the disease.

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