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Diabetes Health

Kim Rose

 

 

Kimberley Rose-Francis, RDN, CDCES, CNSC, LD

Kim Rose Dietitian, LLC

 

 

What is Diabetes?

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Popular Misconceptions About Diabetes

There are many myths surrounding what you can and cannot eat with diabetes. Let’s explore a few popular ones here:
  1. Myth: If I have diabetes, I need to eat a special diet.

Truth: Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as a “diabetes diet.” All foods fit into a diabetes-friendly regimen. As a matter of fact, a healthy diet for people with diabetes is nearly the same as a healthy diet for someone without diabetes.

  1. Myth: It is not safe to eat fruits with diabetes.

Truth: While it is true that fruits contain varying amounts of carbohydrates, look at the big picture. Fruits are also filled with vitamins, minerals and fiber, which can help control blood sugar spikes.

  1. Myth: Since diabetes runs in my family, I'm guaranteed to get it.

Truth: Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, both conditions cannot be transferred from one person to another. You cannot catch it because it is not a virus, bacteria, fungi or a parasite. Here’s why:

Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune condition. This means the body accidentally attacks itself, specifically the insulin producing cells of the pancreas. Insulin functions as a lock and key. It allows carbohydrates, which are broken down into sugar, to get inside your cells, where it is used for energy. When the body attacks itself, carbohydrates cannot be transformed into energy. 

Type 2 diabetes is a little different. In type 2 diabetes your body doesn’t make enough insulin or does not use insulin well. This is known as insulin resistance. According to the CDC, if you are at least 45 years old, have a family history of diabetes, are physically inactive, diagnosed with prediabetes, and/or have a history of gestational diabetes, this puts you at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Even though these risk factors increase your chances, a type 2 diagnosis does not have to be your destiny.  A healthy diet and increased movement are some modifications you can make to reduce your risk.


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