This week we are starting our weekly Q&A post. We get many questions from our clients, facebook followers, and twitter followers about common health topics here in Kuwait and we find sometimes that there are some big misconceptions. Through these weekly Q&A posts we will be tackling those questions and answering them for you.
Today we are looking at diabetes misconceptions.
1. Is Diabetes a serious disease?
Diabetes is a big health problem in Kuwait and in the rest of the world. Kuwait ranks worldwide in incidents of diabetes in adults. Diabetes leads to more deaths per year than other breast cancer and AIDS combined! Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.
2. Will you eventually develop type 2 diabetes If you are overweight or obese?
Weight is not the only risk factor for type 2 diabetes. Many people who are overweight do not develop type 2 diabetes, and many people with type 2 diabetes are at a normal weight or are only moderately overweight. However, being overweight or obese is a strong risk factor for developing the condition, but other risk factors such as family history, ethnicity and age also play a large role.
3. Does eating too much sugar causes diabetes?
Eating too much sugar does not cause diabetes. Diets high in calories, whether from sugar or from fat, can contribute to weight gain. If you have a history of diabetes in your family, eating a healthy meal plan and regular exercise are recommended to manage your weight.
4. Should people with diabetes eat only diabetic assigned foods?
There’s no difference between a diet plan for people with diabetes and a healthy diet for anyone. It’s the same and both should be low in fat especially saturated and trans fat, moderate in salt and sugar with meals based on whole grain foods, vegetables and fruits.
5. If you are diabetic, should you avoid carbohydrates, like pasta, bread and potatoes?
Carbohydrates are an important part of a healthy meal plan. Moderation is the key which can be achieved by eating proper portion sizes.
6. Should people with diabetes avoid eating sweet?
Sweets can be eaten by people with diabetes as long as they are part of the health meal program assigned by your dietitian and eaten in moderation.
7. Is diabetes contagious?
Diabetes is not contagious. It’s not caught like a cold. There is no clear reason in some cases but lifestyle and eating habits may play a role.
8. Do people with diabetes tend to get sick more often?
People with diabetes do not have more chances to get sick but keep in mind that any illness will make it difficult to control proper glucose levels, which is key if you have diabetes.
9. If you are diabetic can you eat fruits as much as you want because they are healthy?
Fruits are a good source of vitamins and fibers but they are considered carbohydrates, therefore they should be calculated in your special meal program and eaten in moderation.
10. Is there really a need to visit a clinical dietitian for help regarding meal planning?
Clinical dietitians play an important role in helping you control your blood glucose levels through a balanced healthy meal program tailored especially for you. Get consultation from a dietitian as soon as you are diagnosed with diabetes.
Don’t hesitate to comment on this blog post about any heath questions you have! You can also post on our facebook page or twitter and we’ll be happy to answer you.