(Adapted from an article in the December 2010 issue of AARP magazine.)
Fiction: If you’re at high risk for getting diabetes, you’re definitely going to get it.
Fact: A study conducted by the Diabetes Prevention Program that followed 3,000 overweight, prediabetic men & women at 27 research centers found that those who lost even a little bit of weight and exercised 30 minutes for five days a week reduced their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent.
Fiction: Diabetics need a special diet.
Fact: A slew of new research suggests that diabetics are best served by following the same healthy eating guidelines as everyone else. This means plenty of fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean meats and dairy products, and sparing amounts of heart-healthy fats.
Fiction: There is a cure for diabetes.
Fact: There is no cure for type1 or type 2 diabetes. However, 56 percent of type 2 diabetics who followed a Mediterranean-style diet could control their blood sugar without medication.
Fiction: Being overweight causes diabetes.
Fact: It is a fact that those who are genetically predispositioned for diabetes can trigger the disease by being obese. However, 34% of all adults over 20-years-old are obese, but only 10.7 percent have diabetes. Research published in 2009 in The Journal of the American Medical Association showed that adults who were obese at 50 and gained 20 pounds were 5 times more likely to develop diabetes than those at 50 who were not obese.
Fiction: An insulin pill will soon be available.
Fact: An insulin pill is not just around the corner. According to Christine Tobin of the American Diabetes Association (ADA), there are alternatives to injections, but the latest of these is the Finesse insulin patch-pen, which is expected to be available in late 2011. The patch-pen is disposable and less expensive than an insulin pump.