The Top Five Diabetes Myths

By on May 5, 2011

By Vicki Kron –

It’s a fact that 25.8 million adults and children in the US have diabetes. The American Diabetes Association thinks that millions more are going undiagnosed. That’s the bad news. The good news is that a diagnosis of Diabetes or Prediabetes doesn’t have to mean that doom and gloom are in your future. There are many myths about diabetes. Here are some positive answers to those frightening myths.

Myth #1: Diabetes is a Progressive disease. Once you have it, you can’t control it and you will end up on Insulin.

Diabetes is NOT a progressive disease. You can learn to manage and control your diabetes yourself. If you have Type 1 (formerly juvenile-onset) you will have to use Insulin. Your body doesn’t produce it. But you can manage your diabetes with injected insulin, a healthy diet and regular exercise. On the other hand if you have Type 2 (once called adult-onset) diabetes, your body is still producing Insulin, it just isn’t using it correctly. This can be controlled with a healthy diet, exercise, regular blood sugar monitoring, and sometimes oral medications.

Myth #2: I have “Pre-diabetes”, so I really don’t have to worry.

Having pre-diabetes is actually having diabetes, and without some lifestyle changes, it will progress into the full-blown disease. Here’s what you need to do. Change your diet by eliminating most sugar and grains. Add some exercise to your daily routine. You can keep diabetes at bay. But do it now, you’re already in the danger zone if your recent diagnosis was Prediabetes. Ask your doctor for a prescription for a blood sugar meter and instructions for its use. Then use it on a regular basis to see if you are eating the right foods.

Myth #3: Even though I have Diabetes, I can still eat everything I want, just in smaller quantities.

Carbohydrates are what make your blood sugar go up. Refined sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup are especially dangerous for those with diabetes. Just because bread is Whole Wheat doesn’t mean it’s good for diabetics. An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but if you have diabetes, it will most certainly raise your sugar to unwanted levels. Try to eliminate most grains, pastas, breads, cereals, sugar, and fruits except for berries. Normal blood sugar counts are from 75-90 between meals and 120 2 hours after a meal. If your sugar is spiking over 140 after any meal, rethink your food choices.

Myth #4: Now that I have diabetes, I’ll just eat what I want and take medicine to handle the disease.

This is one of the most dangerous myths of all. The best way to control diabetes is through clean, healthy eating, daily exercise, and regular monitoring of one’s blood sugar. You have to become intimately involved with all aspects of your disease. Only you have the power to manage diabetes.

Myth #5: I should check my blood sugar when I get up and when I go to bed.

Diabetics who successfully manage their disease check their blood sugar 4-5 times each day: Upon arising in the AM; 2 hours after breakfast; 2 hours after lunch; 2 hours after dinner; and before retiring for the night. This is how you learn which foods make your blood sugar go over the accepted levels. Then you adjust your diet and stop eating the foods that spike your blood sugar.

Vicki Kron is a Weight Loss Coach and Type II Diabetes Specialist, an internet author and writes a blog. She teaches diabetics how to transform their lives by learning to control and manage their diabetes as well as how to lose weight and keep it off forever. Vicki was diagnosed with Type II diabetes in 2007. She has lost over 50 pounds and has kept it off since then. She keeps her diabetes under control with diet, exercise and oral medicine. She helps other diabetics achieve their weight loss and diabetic management goals. For more information please visit her blog at: http://www.diabeticweightlosssuccess.com/.

About Vicki Kron

Vicki Kron is a Weight Loss Coach and Type II Diabetes Specialist, an internet author and writes a blog. She teaches diabetics how to transform their lives by learning to control and manage their diabetes as well as how to lose weight and keep it off forever. Vicki was diagnosed with Type II diabetes in 2007. She has lost over 50 pounds and has kept it off since then. She keeps her diabetes under control with diet, exercise and oral medicine. She helps other diabetics achieve their weight loss and diabetic management goals. For more information please visit her blog at: http://www.DiabeticWeightLossSuccess.com

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The Top Five Diabetes Myths