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5 popular myths about diabetes to stop believing

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Author: Daria Shekina

A portion of foods significantly raises blood glucose levels. Therefore, this needs to be taken into account when selecting food for diabetics. It's also important to be aware of popular myths that should not be believed, according to a post from the medical community Svij.doc on Instagram.

Diabetes is caused by consuming too many sweets

Experts say that when a person consumes a lot of sweets, they may gain excess weight. However, this can be a risk factor for the disease. People with diabetes should not consume too many sweets. In particular, they should only eat a small amount of healthy sweets, such as fruits.

People with diabetes lose their eyesight

There is a misconception that people with diabetes lose their eyesight or undergo amputations due to non-healing wounds. However, this is just another myth. Amputations or vision loss result from improper treatment or when a person completely refuses treatment.

Women with diabetes cannot get pregnant and give birth

Another myth that women should not believe. Modern medicine allows women with diabetes to become pregnant and give birth. Experts say that the most important thing is to regularly consult with a doctor and follow their recommendations.

Prediabetes always leads to diabetes

During this condition, the glucose level is higher than normal but not high enough for diabetes to develop. It can progress to the disease, or it might not. It depends on the individual's body.

Insulin leads to addiction, like a drug

It is important to know that insulin is not addictive. People with type 1 diabetes cannot live without insulin, as was the case before 1923.

Types of diabetes

Type 1 diabetes, insulin-dependent

Occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin to absorb sugar (glucose) from the food consumed and cannot convert it into energy. It is a chronic condition.

Type 2 diabetes

Occurs when the body does not produce or use insulin adequately. It is the most common type of diabetes.

Gestational diabetes

Diagnosed during pregnancy and may also occur for a certain time after childbirth.