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Three myths that diabetics (and everyone) should know

Three myths that diabetics (and everyone) should know

Three myths that diabetics (and everyone) should know

If you’re from Jamaica, you’ve probably heard people refer to the chronic health condition of diabetes as “sugar.”

But what is it?

Diabetes is a condition in which the body does not process food to be used as energy.

In the body, the pancreas produces a hormone called insulin to help glucose enter the cells of the human body. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use its own insulin as well as it should.

According to the Ministry of Health and Wellness, this causes sugar to build up in the blood, which is why many people call diabetes “sugar”.

Diabetes affects all age groups. In fact, based on the Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey (2016-2017), the overall prevalence of diabetes among people over 15 years of age was 12%.

Young poet Ngozi Wright presents a poem aimed at raising awareness of diabetes in November 2021 (Video: Ministry of Health and Wellbeing)

For this #WellnessWednesday and in recognition of Diabetes Awareness Month (November), Loop Lifestyle shares three myths about the condition that diabetics (and everyone) should know:

  1. myth: People with diabetes cannot eat or drink anything with sugar.

Fact: This is not true. Sugar and starch are energy sources that everyone, including people with diabetes, needs in their daily diet. People with diabetes need to eat a healthy, balanced diet, which may include sugar and starch in moderation.

2. Myth: Only adults can get type 2 diabetes.

Fact: Although it is true that people can develop type 2 diabetes as they age, in recent years more and more children and adolescents have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes due to the increase in overweight and obesity, unhealthy eating habits and reduced physical activity in this disease. age group.

3. Myth: If you are already at risk of developing diabetes, there is nothing you can do to prevent it.

Fact: Lifestyle changes – healthy eating, increased physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, regular checkups – can delay or prevent the development of type 2 diabetes in people with risk factors. This is also true for people with prediabetes.

Source: Ministry of Health and Wellness





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