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The Facts About Diabetes

CHA registered dietitian
Paige Katzenstein, CHA Registered Dietitian

November is Diabetes Awareness Month.

Get the facts about diabetes from CHA registered dietitian Paige Katzenstein!

Myth #1: Eating too much sugar can cause diabetes.

Fact: Drinking sugary drinks like soda, fruit punch and Gatorade is linked to Type 2 diabetes, but Type 2 is caused by both genetic and lifestyle factors such as lack of exercise, excessive weight or obesity, and processed food intake.

Myth #2: People with diabetes need to eat differently from those without diabetes.

False. A healthy meal plan containing whole grains like oats, fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and small amounts of healthy fats and healthy carbohydrates should be eaten by everyone.

Myth #3: If you have diabetes you cannot eat chocolate, potatoes, rice or pasta.

False: All foods are permitted but portion size is key. Ask your primary care doctor to refer you to a CHA registered dietitian who can help you learn about portion sizes that can control your blood sugar.

Myth #4: Diabetes is not that serious a disease.

Fact: If you manage your diabetes, eat a healthy diet, do some enjoyable physical activity and take medications as prescribed, you can prevent or delay organ complications related to diabetes.

This article provides general information for educational purposes only. The information provided in this article, or through linkages to other sites, is not a substitute for medical or professional care, and you should not use the information in place of a visit, call consultation or the advice of your physician or other healthcare provider. Thank you.