7 Common Myths About Diabetes... Get the FACTS!
Myth 1: Individuals With Diabetes Should Only Eat Food Labelled as ‘Safe for Diabetics,’ commonly known as ‘Diabetic Foods’
- The importance of eating food labelled as ‘safe for diabetics’ or ‘Diabetic food’ is a common myth that has developed over the years. The label ‘diabetic’ is often used on 'Sweet Foods'. Often Sugar alcohols, or other sweeteners, will often be used instead of sugar. As such, ‘Diabetic food’ often affect blood glucose levels, potentially causing adverse side effects. Additionally, ‘Diabetic foods’ are commonly expensive.
Myth 2: People with Diabetes Can’t or Shouldn't Eat Sugar
- The notion that people with diabetes have to eat a sugar-free diet is one of the most common myths about diabetes.
- People with diabetes need to eat a diet that is balanced, which may include some sugar, in moderation. (Please consult your physician.)
Myth 3: Type 2 Diabetes Only Affects Overweight People
- It is commonly assumed that there is a correlation between developing type 2 diabetes and being overweight or obese, but this is untrue.
- *Around 10% of people with type 2 diabetes are of ‘normal’ or, healthy weight, or underweight.
- Genetics and age are contributing factors in relation to developing type 2 diabetes.
Myth 4: Type 2 Diabetes is “Mild”
- This diabetes myth is repeated often, and is simply not true. No form of diabetes is 'mild'. If type 2 diabetes is poorly manage and disregarded, this affliction can lead to serious and even life threatening compilations such as:
- *hypoglycemia, microvascular complications such as: eye, kidney and nerve disease and heart disease & stroke.
- Proper control of diabetes can significantly decrease the risk of developing complications, but that does not mean the condition is not serious.
Myth 5: People with Diabetes Go Blind and Lose Their Legs
- *Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness, and complications of diabetes causes many amputations each year. However, those people with diabetes that monitor and control blood pressure, glucose and their weight increase their chances of avoiding complication. Proper maintenance and care of the disease is critical. Blindness and amputation are therefore preventable when a proper program (as recommended by your health care professionals) is followed.
Myth 6: People with Diabetes Shouldn’t Play Sports
- *Prominent diabetic athletes have disproved this diabetes myth. In fact, individuals with diabetes should take part in exercise to maintain a healthy lifestyle!
- There are some factors worth considering before partaking in sport, and each individual should consult their physician before engaging in any form of physical activity; in most cases, there is no reason why people with diabetes can’t participate in physical activity.
Myth 7: Diabetes is Contagious
- Though not widely believed, there is an "urban" or "school yard" myth that diabetes is contagious. Diabetes is categorised as being a non-communicable illness. It cannot be ‘caught’ or passed on by sneezing, through touch, nor via blood or any other person to person means.
- *Diabetes is not contagious, but offspring of people with diabetes may be genetically predisposed to develop the condition. This means that the likelihood of developing diabetes may be higher than among the general population, but genetic factors do not guarantee development of the condition, itself.
What are some of the alternative options that are available if you develop complications from diabetes?
*PHOTOTHERAPY / COLD LASER THERAPY:
Cold laser therapy is a medical treatment that uses low-level lasers. The technology utilizes super luminous and laser diodes to irradiate diseased or traumatized tissue with photons. These particles of energy are selectively absorbed by the cell membrane and intracellular molecules, resulting in the initiation of a cascade of complex physiological reactions. This leads to the restoration of normal cell structure and function.
- Cold laser therapy or phototherapy is considered safe. It is non-invasive, painless and drug-free. There have been no reported adverse results or side effects of BioFlex Laser Therapy throughout the company’s nearly 30 year history.
- *Numerous clinical studies have demonstrated the benefits of using LLLT (Low Level Laser Therapy) / Cold Laser Therapy / Phototherapy, in the treatment of complications caused by different types of diabetes. For more information about BioFlex Laser and how it may help you, please contact: