Know the facts about diabetes

Know the facts about diabetes

Diabetes is a dangerous disease. The Global Diabetes Program at Parkland wants you to know the truth about diabetes. Here are some common myths and facts about the disease. 

False: Diabetes is not a serious disease.
Fact: If not controlled, diabetes can be a dangerous disease. It can hurt your eyes, feet, teeth and gums and even cause a heart attack. 

False: If you eat too much sugar, you will get diabetes. 
Fact: Sugar itself does not cause diabetes. Eating too many calories and becoming overweight can lead to type 2 diabetes.   

False: Only people who are overweight can develop type 2 diabetes. 
Fact: Not all overweight people get diabetes. Some people of average weight and those who have a family history of diabetes can get the disease too. 

False: People with diabetes cannot eat many types of foods.
Fact: People with diabetes, like everyone, should decrease how much fat, sugar and salt they eat and eat more lean protein, whole grains, vegetables and fruits. 

False: If you have diabetes, you only have to control your blood sugar levels.
Fact: It is also important to control blood pressure and cholesterol levels. 

For more information about the Global Diabetes Program at Parkland, please call 214.648.2899.


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