Expert-reviewed by Ashwini S.Kanade, Registered Dietician and Certified Diabetes Educator with 17 years of experience
In my practice, I meet lots of diabetics every day. The one thing that is probably common amongst most of my patients is misinformation.
It is not very uncommon for people to have a lot of misconceptions when it comes to a condition as common as diabetes. And in this day and age when information is available at your fingertips, it is easy to mix facts with fiction.
But when it comes to your health, having the right information (from the right sources) is what will help you lead a happy, healthy life. And to help you do that, I wanted to clarify 5 common doubts that my patients (and probably you) have:
Diabetes medications will NOT harm you:
But uncontrolled diabetes mellitus DEFINITELY will!
You can start off by eating healthy, exercising, meditation, natural remedies such as karela (bitter gourd), jamun, dalchini (cinnamon), alternative medicine all you like but if your sugar is just not coming down, start allopathic medications before it is too late.
Any allopathic medication especially those for diabetes are subject to rigorous safety studies on thousands of human volunteers before being allowed to be sold in the market. So far from harming you, they may actually save your life.
Insulin therapy DOES NOT lead to death:
Unfortunately, the current scenario in our country is that the precious years of a diabetic’s life are wasted chasing a cure for diabetes or trying alternative medicines. By the time insulin is initiated, it is often too late.
So it is not insulin but uncontrolled blood sugar levels that cause this damage which insulin cannot undo.
People with diabetes can have as much fruit as they like:
A lot of videos doing the rounds recently have caused a huge misconception in peoples’ minds that it is okay to have fruits without restriction in diabetes as the sugar in fruits is fructose and does not require insulin for its absorption.
This is categorically untrue!
All types of carbohydrates are ultimately broken down to glucose and necessitate an insulin response from the body. So unrestricted fruit consumption will definitely raise blood sugars and lead to problems for the patients.
A pregnant woman needs to eat a lot to have a healthy baby:
Eating more or less is not the answer, eating right is.
Sedentary lifestyles, calorie-rich diets, stress from having a full-time job, family members with diabetes – all of this increase the risk of diabetes during pregnancy.
Pregnant women require foods that have enough calories but are also rich in vitamins, minerals and protein for healthy growth of the baby. More calories mean greater the risk of diabetes and possible harm to the baby.
So, all of us ladies need to eat less, exercise more and be healthier!!
Don’t rely on internet searches alone for your health-related queries:
We are bombarded with messages on social media highlighting some or the other health-related issue every day.
But remember, a lot of information on the web is unverified, designed specifically to create mischief or gain views or shares. Often a particular website will advocate a certain type of diet, a specific food supplement or herbal remedy promising cure of diabetes.
But here’s the thing – if these treatments were successful, then why would we have so many patients crowding our clinics complaining about uncontrolled diabetes every day?
A lot of unethical people prey on vulnerable diabetics desperate for a cure of their diabetes. Patients end up spending thousands of rupees on herbs, supplements, health farms and a dozen diets but no cure.
So beware! Check with your doctor before starting a new diet or supplement – they know you, your medical history and the thing that will really help you manage your diabetes the best!