Top 10 Diabetes Myths in India – Debunked

Diabetes Myths

With over 7 crore people affected, Diabetes Mellitus is a growing concern in India with over 7 crore people diagnosed with the disease, the awareness however regarding the clarity on the subject is scarce and has a long way to go. Diabetes affects one’s body in multiple aspects, from immunity to weight, to the overall functioning of a body. How can diabetes be prevented and how suffering with diabetes can live healthier life are questions asked many times, the resulting answers spewing up a few myths along the way. Here we debunk the most common myths associated with diabetes in India.

1. Diabetes can be cured.

Although you might have seen several articles on how to reverse diabetes, the sad truth is that diabetes can never be completely cured. One can, of course, live a comparatively normal life with the help of a healthy diet and exercise, a definitive cure, however, does not exist as of now.

Photo credit: Canva

2. People with diabetes can’t consume sugar.

Having diabetes does not mean that sugar has suddenly turned poison to you. It is, however, to be taken in controlled amounts, as the body is affected negatively with high levels of sugar. Every cell in our body functions on glucose, making sugar or glucose a fuel for the body.

Photo credit: Canva

3. Ayurvedic or Herbal Medicines are best for treating diabetes.

Although ayurvedic medicines are said to have lesser side effects which is a major reason people go for ayurvedic treatments. But ayurvedic medicines can be taken with allopathic medicines under the guidance of a medical practitioner, and only taking ayurvedic medicines isn’t always helpful.

Photo credit: Canva

4. Eating less is good for diabetes.

Many people believe that eating less can help control blood sugar, the opposite is quite what happens. Intaking lower amounts of your food affect your liver functionality which causes the stomach to produce high amounts of sugar in a short period of time.

Photo credit: Canva

5. Carbs are harmful in diabetes.

Although carbs do affect your blood sugar levels, so one needs to keep in check the amount they consume but many carbs have vitamins, minerals, and fiber which makes the foundation of a healthy diet whether or not you have diabetes.

Photo credit: Canva

6. You’ll have to avoid your favorite foods if you have diabetes.

You don’t have to leave the foods you love if you have diabetes, you may, however, have to eat smaller servings or cook the foods in a healthier way such as baking them instead of deep-frying them.

Photo credit: Canva

7. Insulin can cause weight gain.

There isn’t a direct link to insulin shots and weight gain, the reason people gain weight after using insulin is that calories you consume stay in the body instead of the glucose being drained out in your urine, which is how the body should function.

Photo credit: Canva

8. There is an alternative edible medicine for insulin.

Insulin is an enzyme that can only be delivered via injections, also insulin shots are given under the skin which makes the process quite painless.

Photo credit: Canva
9. If someone requires insulin shots, they’re really sick.

Type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease that may progress in some cases patients may need insulin, but they can do so living perfectly healthy lives.

Photo credit: Canva
10. Diabetes can be easily detected with symptoms.

Type 2 diabetes initially doesn’t have very severe symptoms like increased thirst, frequent urination, weight loss, etc. These symptoms come quite later, one should get regular health check-ups, especially if you have a history of diabetes in your family.

So did you know all of the real facts or did you believe any of these myths?

Diabetes Myths

Share on social media

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.