Unveiling the truths behind Diabetes myths
As we commemorate World Diabetes Day, let's embark on a journey to dispel common myths surrounding diabetes that often circulate in our communities. In Qatar, where cultural richness meets modern living, it's crucial to foster an accurate understanding of diabetes, which affects many individuals across diverse backgrounds.
Qatar faces a substantial diabetes burden, anticipating a rise in prevalence from 17.8% (37,179 individuals) in 2023 to 29.5% (84,516 individuals) by 2050 within the adult Qatari population aged 20-79 years. The principal catalyst for the diabetes epidemic in Qatar is obesity, contributing to 57.5% of diabetes cases. Projections indicate that diabetes-related expenditures are poised to comprise nearly one-third of the national health expenditure by the year 2050. (Source)
Join us in this Myth vs. Fact Series tailored for Qatar's vibrant population, where we'll unravel misconceptions, promote cultural relevance, and encourage a united front in supporting diabetes awareness and prevention. From Doha's bustling cityscape to the desert's serene landscapes, let's dive into the heart of diabetes myths and set the record straight.
Myth: Only overweight people get diabetes.
Fact: Diabetes can affect anyone, regardless of body weight. Genetic factors, lifestyle, and other variables contribute to its development.
Myth: Eating too much sugar causes diabetes.
Fact: While diet is a factor, diabetes results from a combination of genetic and lifestyle factors. Excessive sugar intake alone doesn't directly cause diabetes.
Myth: Diabetes is not a serious condition.
Fact: Diabetes can lead to serious complications like heart disease and kidney damage. Proper management is crucial for a healthy life.
Myth: People with diabetes can't eat carbohydrates.
Fact: Carbohydrates can be part of a balanced diet for those with diabetes. It's about managing portion sizes and choosing complex carbs.
Myth: Insulin is a cure for diabetes.
Fact: Insulin is a vital treatment, but it's not a cure. Diabetes management involves various approaches, including medication, diet, and exercise.
Myth: Only older adults get type 2 diabetes.
Fact: Type 2 diabetes can affect people of all ages, including children and young adults. Lifestyle factors play a significant role.
Myth: Diabetes medication can be stopped once blood sugar is under control
Fact: Diabetes is a progressive disease, even if you are doing all you can to stay healthy, you may need medicine to keep your blood sugar within your target range.
Myth: People with diabetes can't enjoy desserts.
Fact: With moderation and mindful choices, individuals with diabetes can enjoy desserts. Sugar substitutes and portion control are key.
Myth: Diabetes only affects blood sugar levels.
Fact: Diabetes can impact various organs and systems, leading to complications beyond blood sugar issues. Regular check-ups are essential for overall health.
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