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Health: Four common diabetes myths debunked

NOTE: Excerpts are provided on dLife.com for informational purposes only. Myth 1: My child will outgrow Type 1 diabetes. Fact: According to ADA, eating too much sweets does not necessarily lead to diabetes. If you have it or know someone who does, there’s a lot for you to learn – including sifting fact from fiction. The pancreas then overproduces insulin but eventually will be overloaded and cannot produce enough. Truth: You might be surprised to learn that generally speaking, individuals with diabetes can follow the same healthy diet recommended for the general public — one that includes lean proteins, non-starchy vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats and fruit, and that minimizes saturated and trans fats, salt and sugar. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body’s immune system kills the cells that make insulin, the hormone that regulates the amount of glucose (sugar) in the body.

Regular monitoring is the only way to know for sure. Some believe that, when you have diabetes, you can’t engage in brisk physical activity, as doing so could lead to low blood sugar. They still raise blood glucose levels, are usually more expensive and can also have a laxative effect. We do know, however, that it is not caused by how much sugar a person eats. “Best before” means the nutrition and quality of the product may have changed a little, but the food is still safe to consume. While eating a lot of sugar isn’t necessarily healthy for anyone, it is not a factor in causing diabetes. Getting the formula right for a healthy lifestyle is not just an art, it’s a science — particularly if you have diabetes.

This American Diabetes Month, take steps to learn more about the disease and make positive lifestyle changes to support your health.

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