There are many myths about diabetes that make it difficult for people to believe some of the hard facts – such as diabetes is a serious and potentially deadly disease. These myths can create a picture of diabetes that is not accurate and full of stereotypes and stigma.
1. Myth: Once you are diagnosed with diabetes, you have to go on insulin shots.
Fact: If diagnosed early, Type 2 diabetes can be managed with lifestyle – diet and exercise. If more advanced, multiple oral medications exist that can control blood glucose levels. If you have diabetes, you may never need to be on insulin shots.
2. Myth: If your blood glucose or sugar levels are elevated, you will feel it in your body.
Fact: Diabetes is usually silent until your blood sugars are painfully high. Subtle signs may be having more carbohydrate or sugar cravings, or feeling fatigued or lack of energy even after having a good night’s sleep.
3. Myth: If I have diabetes I will know it.
Fact: You can have diabetes for many years without knowing it. Anne Peters, M.D., a leading diabetologist and researcher at University of Southern California (USC), believes that the average person diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes actually had it for seven years prior to diagnosis!
4. Myth: Since I now have a diagnosis of diabetes, it feels like a death sentence.
Fact: Type 2 diabetes is extremely controllable with lifestyle and medications. It is not a death sentence by any means, and if managed daily can keep your life in balance.
5. Myth: Now that I have diabetes I can never eat a dessert.
Fact: Managing your blood sugars and diabetes means you have a balance of enough protein, moderate amounts of carbohydrate and good fats at your meals and snacks. Small amounts of sugar as in dark chocolate have minimal effects on your glucose levels if consumed in moderate quantities.
6. Myth: Since I now have diabetes I have to eat a rigid diet of boiled chicken and steamed broccoli.
Fact: Controlling your blood sugars means eating a balanced diet with fewer processed and starchy foods. Having a visit with a registered dietician is important to set up a plan that works for your lifestyle.
7. Myth: Now that I have diabetes I’m afraid I will go blind or have to have an amputation.
Fact: Controlling your blood sugars means having little to no risk of health issues such as eye disease or having to undergo amputations. A blood test known as glycosylated hemoglobin A1Cshows what your blood glucose values are averaging over a three-month period. Keeping that number in close to normal range dramatically lowers the risk of medical complications.
As said, controlling blood sugar levels is of the utmost importance to prevent diabetic related complications. Follow the Manna Diet as a healthy alternative lifestyle and take the Manna Blood Sugar Support caplets to help control blood sugar levels the natural way without any side effects.