Health Tip: Debunking Diabetes Myths

Fact versus fiction

(HealthDay News) -- If you've just been diagnosed with diabetes, it may be difficult to separate fact from fiction.

The American Diabetes Association debunks some popular myths about the disease:

  • You can't "catch" diabetes from someone else.
  • Dessert isn't off-limits forever for all diabetics. While eating too many sugary foods is a bad idea, you can have an occasional dessert, especially if you exercise and otherwise eat healthy.
  • Eating too much sugar can't "cause" diabetes. The disease stems from genetic and lifestyle factors.
  • Carbohydrates and starches (bread, potatoes, pasta) aren't off-limits, but healthy portion sizes are important.
  • Diabetics aren't more susceptible to colds and other illnesses.
  • Insulin doesn't cause hardening of the arteries or high blood pressure.
  • Fruit, while healthy, can't be consumed in huge amounts, since it contains carbohydrates.
Diana Kohnle

Diana Kohnle

Published on August 14, 2009

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