Hey, Caregiver! Do you know the facts about diabetes?

More than 30 million Americans have diabetes. And another 84 million are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It’s an epidemic.

That means chances are good that you care for people with diabetes on a regular basis.

Get intheknow about Diabetes!

There are many myths about diabetes out there. Make sure you know the truth! Here are some common myths and facts about diabetes:

1. MYTH: Diabetes is not that serious of a disease.

Fact:  Diabetes causes more deaths a year than breast cancer and AIDS combined. Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease
or stroke.

2. MYTH: People with diabetes should eat special diabetic foods.

Fact:  A healthy meal plan for people with diabetes is the same as a healthy diet for anyone. It should be low in fat (especially saturated and trans fat), moderate in salt and sugar, with whole grain foods, vegetables, and fruit. Diabetic and “dietetic” foods can still raise blood glucose levels, are usually more expensive, and can also have a laxative effect if they contain sugar alcohols.

3. MYTH: People with diabetes can’t eat sweets or chocolate

Fact:  If eaten as part of a healthy meal plan, and combined with exercise, sweets and desserts can be eaten by people with diabetes. The key is to have a very small portion and save them for special occasions!

4. MYTH: People with Type 2 Diabetes who need to start using insulin, have failed to manage their diabetes properly.

Fact:  Type 2 Diabetes is a progressive disease. That means it gets worse over time. At first, most people can keep their blood glucose at a healthy level with oral medications. But over time, the body gradually produces less and less of its own insulin, and eventually, oral medications may not be enough to keep blood glucose levels normal.

5. MYTH: You can catch diabetes from someone else.

Fact:  Definitely not! Diabetes is not contagious. It can’t be caught like a cold or flu.

6. AND THE MOST IMPORTANT FACT OF ALL: You, the caregiver, play a big role in helping your diabetic clients stay as healthy as possible!

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