Diabetes Misconceptions

Many people in the Middle East and in Kuwait specifically do not know enough about Diabetes and have many misconceptions and incorrect information about the condition.
Take the following (TRUE or FALSE) quiz and test your knowledge about Diabetes:

Diabetes is not a serious disease.

False. Diabetes is a major public health concern in Kuwait as well as the rest of the world. Kuwait is one of the top five countries worldwide in relation to incidence of Diabetes in the adult population. Diabetes causes more deaths per year than breast cancer and AIDS combined.

If you are overweight or obese, you will eventually develop Type 2 Diabetes.

False. Many people think that weight is the only risk factor for Type 2 Diabetes. Many people who are overweight do not develop Type 2 Diabetes, and many people with Type 2 Diabetes are at a normal weight or are only moderately overweight. Being overweight is however a strong risk factor for developing the condition, but other risk factors such as family history, ethnicity and age also play a role.

Eating too much sugar causes Diabetes.

False. Eating too much sugar does not cause Diabetes. The cause of Diabetes differs depending on the Type of Diabetes (Types 1 or Type 2). Eating too much sugar, however, can exacerbate the condition and lead to inadequate blood sugar control.

People with Diabetes should eat special diabetic foods.

False. Diabetic foods generally offer no special benefit. People with Diabetes should follow a normal healthy meal plan e.g. low in fat, moderate in salt and sugar, high in whole grain foods, and vegetables.

If you have Diabetes, you should not eat any starchy foods, such as bread, potatoes and pasta.

False. Starchy foods are important part of a healthy meal plan but they should be eaten in moderate portions. Whole grain starchy foods are also a good source of fibre, which helps keep your gut healthy.

People with Diabetes can't eat sweets or chocolate.

False. Sweets and desserts can be eaten by people with Diabetes if they are included as part of their healthy meal plan and eaten in moderation.

You can catch Diabetes from someone else.

False. Although the exact cause of Diabetes is not yet known, it is certainly not contagious. There does seem to be a genetic link, particularly with Type 2 Diabetes.

People with Diabetes can easily contract colds and other illnesses.

False. Diabetes does not necessarily increase your chances of getting colds or the flu. However, people with Diabetes can have more complications if they get sick as blood sugar levels increase during periods of stress and illness.

If you have Type 2 Diabetes and your doctor says you need to start using insulin, it means you’re failing to take care of your Diabetes properly.

False. Type 2 Diabetes is a progressive disease. When first diagnosed, many people with Type 2 Diabetes can keep their blood sugar at a healthy level through life style changes and oral medications. However, over time the body produces less and less of its own insulin and eventually oral medications may not be enough to keep blood sugar levels in the normal range. Therefore, introducing insulin into the treatment regimen is a useful step to cope with the progressive nature of the disease.

Fruit is a healthy food. Therefore, it is ok to eat as much of it as you wish.

False. Although healthy, some fruits contain more carbohydrates than others and therefore need to be eating plan and eaten in moderation.

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