You can catch Diabetes from someone else.
Although we don't know exactly why some people develop one of the various
forms of Diabetes, we know the condition is not contagious. It can't
be caught like a cold or flu, but there is a genetic link in Diabetes,
particularly the Type 2 variety. Insulin Resistance leading to obesity
may also be a major factor in reversible Pre-Diabetes, which, if left
unchecked, can lead to irreversible, full-blown Type 2 Diabetes. A sedentary
lifestyle and poor diet can also play a key role in the onset of Pre-Diabetes.
Eating too much sugar causes Diabetes.
Diabetes is caused by a combination of genetic and lifestyle factors.
However, being overweight and consuming excessive amounts of carbohydrates
does increase your risk for developing reversible Pre-Diabetes, which,
if neglected, can develop into irreversible Type 2 Diabetes. If you have
a history of Diabetes in your family, it's recommended that you manage
your weight by eating healthy, low-glycemic, low insulin meals and getting
Myth #3. People with Diabetes should eat special Diabetic
A healthy meal plan for people with one of the various forms of Diabetes
is the same as that for everyone - low in fat (especially saturated and
trans fat), low in carbohydrates, moderate in salt and sugar - meals
that have an emphasis on vegetables and fruit. Diabetic and "dietetic" versions
of foods containing sugar offer no special benefit. They still raise
blood glucose levels, are highly processed, are usually more expensive
and can also have a laxative effect if they contain sugar alcohols.
People with Diabetes are more likely to get colds.
You are no more likely to get a cold if you have Diabetes. The American
Diabetes Assocation, does, however recommend that Diabetics get a flu
Myth #5. Insulin causes weight gain and, because obesity
is bad for you, insulin should not be taken.
Excess insulin in the blood stream caused by Insulin Resistance can
be a factor in weight gain. But, for someone at risk of reversible Pre-Diabetes
leading to irreversible Type 2 Diabetes, the goal is to control blood
sugar levels. If this can't be achieved with diet and exercise, extra
insulin may be a requirement if Type 2 develops.
Fruit is a healthy food. Therefore, it is OK to eat as much of it as
Fruit is healthy because it contains fiber and lots of vitamins, antioxidants
and minerals. However, fruits also contain carbohydrate levels that are
high on the Glycemic Index (GI). This means that your insulin requirement
will be increased. For a person at risk of Pre-Diabetes turning into
Type 2 Diabetes, the goal is to keep insulin requirements as low as possible.
This can be accomplished by eating fruits sparingly and avoiding those
with the highest glycemic content (e.g. pineapple, bananas) and finding
lower glycemic fruits (e.g. blueberries and strawberries). Because fruit
contains essential carbohydrates, it needs to be included in your meal
plan. But talk to your nutritionist about the amount, frequency and types
of fruit you should eat.
Myth #7. You don't need to change your Diabetes regimen
unless your HbA1c blood glucose test is greater than 8%.
The better your glucose control, the less likely you are to develop
complications of Diabetes. The HbA1c hyperglycemia test confirms how
your blood sugar control has been for the past 120 days. The higher your
blood sugar levels, the higher your HbA1c - the lower your blood sugar
levels, the lower your HbA1c. A HbA1c in the 7% range does not represent
good controls; the goal should be is less than 7%. The closer your HbA1c
is to the normal range (less than 6%), the lower your chances of complications.
Myth #8. All Diabetics use insulin.
Pre-Diabetics do not use insulin and not all people with full-blown
forms of Diabetes like irreversible Type 2 are required to use insulin
if they are eating the right foods. Diabetics of every kind can eat a
wide variety of food of the right type. Foods to be avoided are high
glycemic index (GI) foods. Foods to be included in the diet of a Type
2 Diabetic include protein, green vegetables, good fats and some fruits.
Exercise increases muscle disposal of glucose which keeps the blood sugar
levels much lower. Combining proper food groups and regular exercise
will help you maintain your blood sugar without the use of insulin.
Fat should be avoided by Pre-Diabetics.
Fats can be placed in two categories: bad and good. The bad fats include
hydrogenated fats, which are also called trans-fatty aids:; these are
solid at room temperature, like margarine and Crisco. The good fats are
monosaturated or polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are found in olive
oil, avocados, nuts, fish, olives and eggs. These fats actually increase
your use of insulin and are recommended. Their benefits include better
blood control by signaling to your brain that you are satisfied after
Myth #10. Pre-Diabetes cannot be reversed with all natural
People at risk from reversible Pre-Diabetes can control their blood
sugar with diet and exercise, together with elements such as chromium
and vanadium. These minerals increase sensitivity to insulin, while other
nutrients can boost the pancreas to produce more insulin. One example
is Gymnema Sylvestre. Using nutraceuticals to reverse Pre-Diabetes requires
vigilance about avoiding food that cause spikes in blood sugar, such
as carbohydrates. Care should be taken to consume appropriate nutrients
and get regular exercise to reduce weight.
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