Everything You Wish Your Friends and Family Knew About Diabetes

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Myth #6:

“If you get diagnosed as a child, you have Type 1, and if you have Type 1, you were diagnosed as a child.”

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More adults are being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, and more children are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. The rules are confusing, and can sometimes change.

Myth #7:

“Diagnosis is a fairly simple task.”

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Both Type 1 and Type 2 are diagnosed with a series of tests: a measurement of fasting blood sugar, a Hemoglobin A1c test, and a glucose tolerance test. The A1c test measure blood sugar levels over the previous few months and glucose tolerance measures levels after the patient consumes a sugary beverage. To determine whether an individual has Type 1 or Type 2, a blood analysis is performed to measure the presence of antibodies, which attack insulin-producing cells. However, a Type 2 diagnosis is often given based upon risk factors. Unfortunately, despite the testing process, misdiagnoses still occur and people are occasionally treated for the wrong type.

Myth #8:

“People with diabetes should eat special diabetic foods and never consume sugar.”

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What is traditionally considered to be a healthy diabetic diet is typically a diet that is healthy for everyone. It’s important to moderate fat and refined sugar consumption, to get plenty of whole grains, fruit, non-starchy vegetables, and healthy fats, combined with exercise. Sweets can be consumed, in moderation (as recommended for anyone). Special “diabetic” foods rarely have a profound effect on a person’s condition, and are most likely a waste of money. It’s a much better investment in your health (and easier on your wallet) to stick to the healthy, balanced diet recommended to everyone.

L.D. and her ten-year-old lab, Eleanor Rigby Fitzgerald, moved to Seattle two years ago from Tucson, Arizona. They chose Seattle because they heard that's where they kept all the good coffee - plus Ella learned about grass. L. De Mello likes books, music, movies, running, and being outdoors as much as possible.
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