World Diabetes Day 2020: 8 myths about diabetes debunked

First Published 14, Nov 2020, 12:02 PM

Diabetes is a condition characterized by a high sugar level in the blood. WHO estimates that 6% of the world's population has diabetes. The total number today is four times what it was in 1980. Dr Karthik Prabhakar, Head of Department and Consultant for diabetes and endocrinology at Manipal Hospital debunks certain myths about diabetes.

<p><strong>Myth 1: Diabetes can be cured</strong></p>

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Diabetes is a chronic and progressive disease that has no cure. You can manage good diabetes with healthy lifestyle and medications.&nbsp;</p>

Myth 1: Diabetes can be cured


Diabetes is a chronic and progressive disease that has no cure. You can manage good diabetes with healthy lifestyle and medications. 

<p><strong>Myth 2: Type 2 diabetes is less severe than type 1 diabetes</strong></p>

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Neither type 1 nor type 2 diabetes is mild if not properly managed. Both have to be well managed to avoid short term and long term complications. &nbsp;</p>

Myth 2: Type 2 diabetes is less severe than type 1 diabetes


Neither type 1 nor type 2 diabetes is mild if not properly managed. Both have to be well managed to avoid short term and long term complications.  

<p><strong>Myth 3: Patients with diabetes have to undergo amputation of limbs</strong></p>

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Amputation is used as a last resort in managing foot complications associated with poorly controlled diabetes.&nbsp;<br />
• Foot care advice is provided to reduce risk of complications to feet.&nbsp;<br />
• We have various modalities&nbsp;to manage foot problems conservatively when dealt with in early stages.&nbsp;</p>

Myth 3: Patients with diabetes have to undergo amputation of limbs


Amputation is used as a last resort in managing foot complications associated with poorly controlled diabetes. 
• Foot care advice is provided to reduce risk of complications to feet. 
• We have various modalities to manage foot problems conservatively when dealt with in early stages. 

<p><strong>Myth 4: People with diabetes need to limit their physical activities</strong></p>

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It is not true that patients with diabetes cannot participate in physical activities or play sports as long as they take suitable precautions to ensure blood glucose levels are maintained during the activities.&nbsp;</p>

Myth 4: People with diabetes need to limit their physical activities


It is not true that patients with diabetes cannot participate in physical activities or play sports as long as they take suitable precautions to ensure blood glucose levels are maintained during the activities. 

<p><strong>Myth 5: Diabetes is contagious</strong></p>

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Diabetes is not contagious as it is not an infection. It does not pass to other people through contact.&nbsp;</p>

Myth 5: Diabetes is contagious


Diabetes is not contagious as it is not an infection. It does not pass to other people through contact. 

<p><strong>Myth 6: Patient with diabetes should completely avoid sweets&nbsp;</strong></p>

<p>The patient with diabetes need not completely cut the sweets. They should take a well-balanced diet, which may contain small amount of sugar/sweets.&nbsp;Sweets containing sweetners can be used, but be cautious about fat content</p>

Myth 6: Patient with diabetes should completely avoid sweets 

The patient with diabetes need not completely cut the sweets. They should take a well-balanced diet, which may contain small amount of sugar/sweets. Sweets containing sweetners can be used, but be cautious about fat content

<p><strong>Myth 7. Diabetes only occurs to fat people</strong></p>

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Diabetes can develop in anyone. Fat or obese people are at increased risk of developing diabetes and in Indians, it can develop at lower body mass index levels. &nbsp;</p>

Myth 7. Diabetes only occurs to fat people


Diabetes can develop in anyone. Fat or obese people are at increased risk of developing diabetes and in Indians, it can develop at lower body mass index levels.  

<p><strong>Myth 8: Diabetes is caused by eating too much sugar&nbsp;</strong></p>

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Sugar alone is not responsible for diabetes. Eating a high-calorie diet, including sugar, promotes weight gain, which increases the risk of diabetes, together with a sedentary lifestyle. Having a family history of diabetes can also increase risk of diabetes.&nbsp;</p>

Myth 8: Diabetes is caused by eating too much sugar 


Sugar alone is not responsible for diabetes. Eating a high-calorie diet, including sugar, promotes weight gain, which increases the risk of diabetes, together with a sedentary lifestyle. Having a family history of diabetes can also increase risk of diabetes. 

<p><strong>Doctor's Tip: Dr Karthik says:</strong> "Many patients approach us with a lot of misconceptions and myths about diabetes. We need to provide correct information about the disease. The patients need to stay away from myths and unverified information as it may be harmful to their health. The best way is to consult with your doctor"</p>

Doctor's Tip: Dr Karthik says: "Many patients approach us with a lot of misconceptions and myths about diabetes. We need to provide correct information about the disease. The patients need to stay away from myths and unverified information as it may be harmful to their health. The best way is to consult with your doctor"

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