Many of you may resort to skulking around and dodging your annual blood test because, you know, if you don’t find out then nothing’s wrong with you. But I think it’s clear as day that this isn’t the healthiest maneuver… after all, if something’s the matter, then ignorance won’t be bliss for long. Early detection and diagnosis of any ailment gives you the best chance of dealing with it, and that is especially true when it comes to diabetes.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of diabetics has quadrupled since 1980 reaching a number of 422 million adults this year. Furthermore, reports done by the International Diabetes Federation (DF) predict a massive surge in this number to reach 642 million by 2040. Now, you may ask why this is. Well, ignorance – minus that bliss – is a major assailant; when it comes to diabetes awareness is key to prevention and management, both of which are vital for a patient to regain and retain a healthy lifestyle. WHO has dedicated this year’s World Health Day to Diabetes awareness, and The Economic Times took it upon themselves to bust 10 of the most common diabetes myths!
You have no diabetes in your family history? Phew! You’re safe.
Yeah, no. While a strong family history does make one more prone to diabetes, a lack of that history by no means makes one immune.
Diabetes, who? I’m just fine! I feel no symptoms!
Well, neither did most of the 422 million people with diabetes! Diabetes is a silent disease that starts showing symptoms such as excessive thirst, urination, and weight loss at advanced stages. So seriously, if you’re waiting till you feel something… let’s just say that’s a bad plan.
My wounds heal just fine. You know, diabetics just bleed on for hours.
Well, I’m not about to repeat the lecture, but delayed healing is a very advanced symptom. Healing properly doesn’t mean you’re not diabetic.
I’m too young to have diabetes!
Well, honey, better toughen up ‘cause there’s no age limit for getting diabetes.
I’ll just cut out sugars. After all, it’s all those sweets that could give me diabetes.
While it is true that the excess sugar cause indirect excessive strain to your pancreas, but it’s not the sugar itself that causes diabetes.
Oh, you’re diabetic? I hear you can’t eat out, and that must suck!
That’s just silly. Diabetics can eat out, but have to make smart food choices… so should whoever asked that question. Everyone should make smart choices when eating out to maintain a healthy lifestyle and prevent ailments like diabetes.
What do you mean I might have diabetes? Uh! I’m not obese or even overweight! Get out’a here!
Who said only overweight and obese people got diabetes? People with normal or even less than normal BMIs aren’t immune to it!
Insulin is the very last option for treating diabetes
In many cases, taking insulin early on can be quite beneficial; being prescribed insulin doesn’t mean that other methods have failed. However, it is the best way to control very high sugar levels, or to deal with infections and hospitalization.
I’m not taking insulin! Dude, don’t you know it’s highly addictive?
No, dude, it’s not. Insulin may be prescribed to patients that get hospitalized or have infections, septicemia, or acute cardiac or brain stroke. However, after the situation is dealt with and assessed, the patient may reverse to tablets if that is feasible.
Diets are just for diabetics. I sure as heck don’t need one!
Everyone and anyone can do with a healthy lifestyle. A healthy diet and regular exercise are necessary for every individual, and should not be resorted to only when one gets diagnosed with a sickness.
Recent studies have shown that reversing diabetes is possible, even for longtime patients, by caloric restriction and maintaining a healthy weight. So, diet and regular exercise are really the key to salvation for those who have already been diagnosed, and prevention for anyone who didn’t get diabetes yet. Doctors advise sedentary people to start out slow with walking and jogging, and to build up their strength with time. Also, they say that building muscle strength is even more important, as this builds up insulin sensitivity at the same time. Aim for 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day 5 days a week!