Diabetes is a disease that unfortunately has become a common part of our communities -- which means it has become part of our lives.
Did you know that 29 millions Americans, or approximately 10 percent of the population are currently living with diabetes? By the year 2050, as many as 1 in 3 adults will be living with diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Even though diabetes has become such a common disease there are still many myths about it and how to treat it.
The definition of a myth is an idea or story that is believed by many people but that is not true. Myths are dangerous because since they are believed by many, people don’t realize that they are not true.
In preparing for this post I found several myths about diabetes that need to be corrected. I have chosen my top five to share with you in this post.
5) Myth: Diabetes is not a serious disease.
Diabetes is a serious disease that can often be controlled through diet, exercise, stress management and medications. Diabetes is considered serious because it takes more lives than breast cancer and HIV/AIDS combined. It is the seventh leading cause of death.
Diabetes is also considered serious because it increases of your risk of heart disease. Two-thirds of the people with diabetes will die of a heart attack or stroke.
Finally diabetes is considered a serious disease because the complications can drastically change a person’s daily activities. Complications include amputation, blindness and kidney disease.
4) Myth: You have to be overweight to develop diabetes. Thin people don't get the disease.
People that are overweight are at a higher risk of developing diabetes than thin individuals but thin people can still develop diabetes.They can still develop insulin resistance or metabolic disorders in their bodies.
Even if you are thin, if you have risk factors for diabetes you should be tested for diabetes at your next doctor’s visit.
Risk factors include:
- Being over the age of 45
- A sedentary lifestyleRead more in Diabetes Health Center