Posted May 27,2017

MYTHS AND FACTS ā€“ DIABETES

Author : Ryan Fernandes

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1. MYTH: Diabetes is common and not that serious a condition. FACT: More than 62 million people have diabetes in India currently. Having diabetes nearly doubles your chances of having a heart attack. Good control over diabetes can reduce complications.

2. MYTH: Eating too much of sugar causes diabetes. FACT: There are two primary causes of diabetes- genetics and life style factors. Although sugar may not be the direct cause of diabetes, the type of sugar is of concern. Foods having a high Glycemic Index (GI) and a lot of calories may risk your chances of developing diabetes, but along with other causes, like lack of regular exercise and lower levels of insulin. There isn't just one but multiple causes of diabetes.

3. MYTH: One can catch diabetes from someone else. FACT: Diabetes is not contagious like cold or flu. It seems to be genetically linked. Lifestyle and unhealthy diet plays a big role in being cause of this disease. Diabetes cannot be caught off someone else. Diabetes is categorised as being a non-communicable illness meaning it cannot be passed on by sneezing, through touch, nor via blood or any other person to person means.

4. MYTH: People with diabetes should eat special foods, only small amounts of starchy foods, no potatoes and bananas at all. FACT: The trick is to control portion sizes at strategized times of the day. Eat a banana pre workout to utilize the sugar. Eat low Glycemic Index (GI) foods like modified flours for your rotis, high fibre foods like beans and good proteins like yogurt in your meal plan.

5. MYTH: If your doctor puts you on insulin it means that you are failing to control your diabetes. FACT: When patients are first diagnosed, diabetes can be controlled by oral medications. Over a period of time the body sytem / cells change as you age and you need different or more medications as insulin production becomes sluggish. Type 2 diabetes is a progressive illness, which means that over time the body makes less and less insulin. Even people without diabetes produce less insulin as they age. This is the reason insulin production in your body needs monitoring and prescription changes accordingly. Please note insulin is a hormone that helps maintain the right sugar levels in the body. A balanced low GI diet also plays an important role for better control of blood sugars.

6. MYTH: Diabetes is preventive. FACT: Not all types of Diabetes are preventive. Type 1 is an autoimmune condition; there is no cure or prevention. If one is genetically pre-disposed, Type 2 can be delayed by eating a healthy diet which consists of low Glycemic Index foods, high fibre foods, high protein foods and complementing it by exercising regularly.

7. Myth ā€“ Diabetics cannot have fruits Fact ā€“ Most fruits have low Glycemic Index, while some fruits like banana, jackfruit and custard apple (sitaphal) have high GI meaning that there will be a sharp increase in blood sugar if high GI fruits are consumed. But diabetics can have 1-2 helpings (100g = 1 helping) in a day of a high GI fruit like apple/pomegranate/pear without worrying too much about a sharp increase in blood sugar levels.

Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely those of the author in his/her private capacity and do not necessarily represent the views or policies of ITC Limited/Aashirvaad Atta.

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