548 - Six Myths about Type 2 Diabetes
Hello I'm Monica Reina. And you're listening to the nutrition. Diva podcast welcome. November is national diabetes awareness month. This is a time when health nutrition. Educators try to increase the public awareness and understanding of a disease that affects thirty million. Americans and threatens seventy million more so today. I'M GONNA try to clear up. Six popular misconceptions about type two diabetes which is by far the most common form of diabetes. It's also the most preventable support for this. podcast comes from Pete. and Jerry's varies organic eggs. Pete Jerry's has done one thing for generation produce eggs. You can be proud of their small family. Farmers across the country take pride in raising hens and providing certified organic free range eggs that meet the highest standards. They do it because it's the right way to farm and also because they want you to be able to believe in what you buy learn more at Pete and Jerry's dot com that's Pete and G. E. R. Y. S. DOT COM in type two diabetes. Either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells. Start to ignore that insulin. And as as a result your blood sugar stays too high one in ten Americans has type two diabetes and a quarter of these don't even realize that they have have the disease and for every person with type two diabetes. There are two more who are considered pre diabetic. meaning that their blood sugar levels are in the high normal range range an old medical texts. You'll sometimes type. Two Diabetes referred to as adult onset diabetes because this condition usually usually developed in mid life unfortunately as rates of childhood. Obesity have gone up type. Two diabetes is now routinely diagnosed in kids and and the earlier. Someone develops diabetes. The more likely it is that they will eventually experience serious complications. Having type two diabetes increases your risk for heart disease his blindness nerve damage and kidney damage. especially if you're disease is poorly managed however people can live long and healthy lives with diabetes. Beatty's if they take proper care of themselves in some cases it's even possible to reverse the disease. So with that in my. Let's take a look at some of the most common myths and misunderstandings understandings about type. Two Diabetes Myth number. One all type. Two diabetics will need to take insulin or other anti diabetic drugs for life. This is not true. Many newly diagnosed diabetics will not have to take medication if they make appropriate lifestyle modifications such as managing edging their Diet exercising and losing weight if they need to even diabetics who are currently taking medications can sometimes reduce or even eliminate the need for these medications by losing weight and managing their diet better. Now you shouldn't discontinue medications without checking with your doctor of course but for type. Two diabetics headaches. This is a real possibility myth number. Two diabetics shouldn't eat fruit now. It's true fruit. Does contain sugar and carbohydrates hydrates which do affect your blood sugar levels and this leads many to assume that it's off limits for diabetics but fruit can be a very healthy part of your diet even even if you are diabetic. Fruit contains lots of valuable nutrients and it doesn't a milder effect on blood sugar than other types of sweets. A healthy diabetic meal plan might contain two or three servings of whole fruit every day. Myth number three diabetics only need to pay attention to carbohydrates not protein gene or fat will carbohydrate. Rich foods do have the most dramatic effect on blood. Sugar and these are foods like breads cereal. Pasta Rice `tatoes and of course desserts. So if you're diabetic you'll definitely need to watch these types of foods but you need to pay attention to the rest of your Diet Diet too because if you're eating too many calories even if they're not coming from carbohydrates that's GonNa make it hard for you to maintain your weight and that's it's GonNa make it much harder for you to manage the disease. So should diabetics go on a low carb diet. What can you eat. If you're taking medications for your diabetes of answers to these questions right after this brief break to thank our sponsors support for today's show comes from bare minerals creators of clean beauty. The bare minerals believes that. Make up and skin care. Should make your skin better. Not just better looking. That's why their best selling original foundation is made with only five ingredients. Ingredients all of them minerals. They're good for skin formulas with proven performance. That's clean without compromise. 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The key here is to find the approach that works for you and not just in terms of your health but also for your lifestyle and your food preferences if you're diabetic and you've had trouble losing weight or managing your blood sugar on a traditional moderate carbohydrate diet. It's possible that a lower carb approach would work better for you. This is just not a one-size-fits-all prescription myth number five. If I'm using insulin or antibiotic medication than I can eat what I want. Many people believe that. If they're taking medication to control their diabetes than they don't need to pay attention to their diet and this is such a dangerous misconception. Even if you are using anti diabetic medication your first line of defense against the complications of diabetes is still going to be eating right exercising and maintaining a healthy weight medications. If they're needed needed are always used in addition to not instead of these healthy lifestyle habits. If you're not managing your diet and your weight you're going to need need more medication to manage your blood sugar but if you do everything you can to live a healthy lifestyle then. Your medication is going to work better for you. You're going to need bless of it and you'll be healthier in the long run and finally myth number six people with prediabetes or a family history. St Of type two diabetes always eventually end up with full blown. Type two diabetes. Fortunately this is not true. If your doctor has told told you that your blood sugar levels are borderline or that you have prediabetes. Consider this a wakeup call. Get Serious about losing weight. Eating a healthy not diet and exercising. And you can vary likely. Avoid developing diabetes. Altogether in the transcript for today's show I've included links awesome related episodes on managing preventing and even reversing type two diabetes. And you'll find that quick and dirty tips dot com. I also so host of free facebook group to support people who are trying to lose weight in a sane and sustainable way. And that's something that can really help if you're dealing with diabetes. Just search for way way less life on facebook. Our show is written by me. Monica Reindel edited by Karen Hertzberg produced by Nathan Sems and our team at Macmillan audio also includes Michelle Margulis. Emily Miller Morgan rattener. And Kate hines under the direction of Kathy Doyle. Check out quick and dirty tips dot Com to learn more about our other podcasts tests including get fit guy and savvy psychologist and of course grammar girl. You'll find all of the quick and dirty tips. podcast wherever you listen and thanks for listening this week. I'll see you next week.