Top 5 Diabetes myths

1. Avoid banana but apple is ok

All fruits contain natural sugars, mostly fructose which is low on glycemic index. Banana is even approved by American Diabetic Association but shunned by doctors & dietitians in the country of its origin. Banana is not just safe but recommended for people with Diabetes as it is mineral rich and helps prevent high BP too.

2. Avoid sugar in chai/ coffee but biscuits like marie and digestive are ok.

That teaspoon or even 2 of sugar in your chai is much better than that low grade sugar, trans fat and emulsifier rich biscuit/ cracker. The thing is if you see sugar as a problem, you may continue having your chai/ coffee/ cola without sugar. If you must beat Diabetes then you must see that the real risk comes from unregulated intake of food and misinformation about what is good or bad for you. So have the chai with sugar but limit it to max 2-3 cups a day and don’t touch biscuits and the likes.

3. Ghee specifically and fat in general must be avoided.

Nothing could be further away from the truth. Addition of fat lowers the rate at which blood sugars climb and don’t over burden insulin (the hormone responsible for blood sugar regulation). Ghee and coconut both have the essential fatty acids that further support insulin, protect the heart and help maintain the intestinal mucosa. So if you are Diabetic, the one thing that you can’t afford to miss out on is fat and more specifically ghee. Eat loads of it.

4. Walking is the best exercise, cardio is good.

Lift weights and join a gym. Train your big muscles and develop strength in them as loss of strength from the body is directly linked to insulin resistance and incidence of Diabetes. If you are Diabetic, gymming is the best exercise for you.
5. Once you are Diabetic, you stay Diabetic.

Not true. It’s easy to regulate blood sugars and support insulin function through the right approach to diet, exercise and lifestyle. It’s important though to take it a step at a time and medical journals are slowly but steadily waking up to the fact that their diet guidelines have been way off the mark. That’s exactly why Diabetes drugs are the highest selling drugs in our country even though everyone is off their favourite food and “watching their diets”.

We have been systematically taken away from our native eating habits and introduced to new ones to live more healthier lives. But in the bargain we have gotten fatter, sicker and Diabetic. It’s never too late to change though, start small, start with the basics – workout, eat like the way your grandma taught you to and regulate your bedtime. Your stress and sugars both will climb down and your confidence will climb up.

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