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3 Myths About Diabetes

3 Myths About DiabetesOne of the most common serious medical conditions in the United States is diabetes. While there has been a large increase in awareness and treatment options for those suffering with diabetes, there has also been a lot of misinformation circulating around. Brookhaven Heart always wants our patients to have the best information possible. That is why we wanted to dispel the top three myths about diabetes so you can make the best decisions about your health.

1. Diabetes Is Caused by Eating Sugar

There are two types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes has both genetic and environmental immune-mediated factors that make the pancreas to stop making insulin. Insulin helps the body convert glucose (sugar) into energy. The cause of type 1 diabetes is not diet related. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body cannot produce enough insulin or use it properly. This type of diabetes often occurs typically in those who are over 40 years of age, overweight, or have a genetic predisposition for type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, with obesity at an all-time high, type 2 diabetes is occurring more frequently.

2. You Can’t Be Active with Diabetes

Many people who suffer from diabetes are often tired and lack energy. It is important to still remain active and prescribe to a normal exercise routine. Regular exercise has been shown to have a positive impact on diabetes prognosis and is encouraged by physicians. Of course, if you have a heart condition or neuropathy, you will want to speak to your specialist before starting an exercise program.

3. Diabetes Isn’t a Serious Disease

Diabetes is a very serious disease that kills more people a year than breast cancer and AIDS combined. Having diabetes puts you at more risk of developing several serious health issues, especially heart disease. The great news is with the right treatment, your risk for additional complications can be lowered considerably.

If you have diabetes and have questions on how your treatment can impact your heart, contact Brookhaven Heart today. Call 631-654-3278 to speak to one of our specialists.