1. Type 2 Diabetes is called “lifestyle disease”.
- A couch potato, spending 3-4 hours in a day sitting in front of a TV.
- Fast food lovers.
- Cigarette smoking. 30-40 % of smokers have the chance to develop type 2 diabetes.
2. It is one of the major causes of heart disease and stroke.
- Mortality rate is about 2-4 times higher among adults with diabetes.
3. It may develop at younger age.
- Childhood obesity (having excess body fats) is a great factor. It may impose both immediate and long-term effects on total well-being of a person.
- Overweight is the end result of caloric imbalance, which means too many calories consumed and too less calorie expenditure.
- Schools take part in supporting students in learning to practice healthy eating habits and physical activity behavior.
4. About half of the cases of type 2 diabetes don’t know they have the disease.
- It is asymptomatic. No clinical symptoms and significant signs present in its early stage.
- Some symptoms, if present which are left unrecognized, can sometimes being associated with few reasons like aging or other environmental factors.
5. Type 2 Diabetes cannot be cured, it’s a lifetime disease.
- Either type, it is incurable. Once you have it, you keep it. It is a chronic (lifelong) disease.
- However, it can be managed and controlled through self-care regimen and
- Incorporate at least 30 minutes of physical activity in your daily routine.
- It is advisable to shred about 5-10 % of total body weight for overweight people.
- Quit smoking. It predisposes you to any kind of serious illnesses not only diabetes.
- Eat the healthy way. In your diet plan, you can include foods that known to control blood glucose level
- Choose complex over simple carbohydrates (brown rice or oatmeal). It keeps your glucose level evenly because it takes longer to digest. Unlike when you eat cakes, it will make your blood sugar level rise at its peak usually to its critical level.
- Foods high in soluble fiber such as green leafy vegetable.
- Protein-rich foods like seeds and nuts. Protein and fatty acids helps to Triglycerides lo.
6. Not all risk factors of type 2 diabetes can be modified.
- Having a father, mother and siblings with history of the disease puts someone at risk.
- If you have this one factor, it is good to visit your doctor for medical help and consultation.
7. It accounts about 90-95 % of all diagnosed cases in adults.
- Only about 5 % of diagnosed cases are type 1.
- Rates of type 2 diabetes increase significantly with age, it is 7 times high among adults aged 65 and above.
8. No sugar diet, ideal for type 2 diabetes is a misconception.
- Like a person without diabetes, they can have sugary treats too, provided that it is taken in moderation and spending a little more hour in the gym.
- Diabetes has periods of either low or high blood sugar level (hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia).
- In the episode of hypoglycemia in type 2 diabetes eating or drinking something sugary will help to raise back sugar level to normal.
9.Stress, hormone changes, injuries and illness can compromise diabetes control.
- When everything seems to be all going right, but still your diabetes remain out of control, consider the above factors.
- Diabetes control is not that easy as 1, 2, 3.
- Unavoidable circumstances may arise at some point
10. It may have sexual implications in the long run.
- This is true especially to men.
- One of the major complications of diabetes among men is impotence and a great contributor to depression.