Categories: Diabetes

Diabetes & Sugar: Let’s bust the Myth

The moment you mention ‘diabetes’ or give a hint that you’ve diabetes, the desserts will be kept away from you. Is it okay for a diabetic to eat sugar? The popular verdict is a big, emphatic ‘no’. But how truthful is it? Is it just a myth that diabetes means don’t eat sugar? Let’s probe further.

What is Diabetes Mellitus?

Diabetes is the condition in which your blood glucose level, or what is commonly known as blood sugar, is too high. Blood sugar provides the energy for your body to function. It’s insulin, created by the pancreas that helps glucose from the food you eat to get into the cells.

Is Diabetes caused by eating too much sugar?

There’s a misconception among people that diabetes by eating too much sugar. However, there’s hardly any truth in it. While eating sugar makes your blood sugar level to go up, it doesn’t cause you to develop diabetes.

Is it necessary for a person with diabetes to shun sugar altogether?

Going by the stereotype, or the prevalent myth, the answer is ‘yes’ that’s not possible; as some content of sugar is present in many foods and according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), it’s alright for people with diabetes to have sweets including chocolates.

But mind you, ADA is not in any way advocating mindless binging on sweets. They clearly state that it’s okay to have sweets as part of a healthful meal plan or when it’s combined with exercise.

So the answer to the question, can one eat sweets if she/he is diabetes is this: eating it in moderation is perfectly alright. Don’t get panicked by the misinformed who warn you to keep yourself away from anything that is remotely sweet. An easy way to plan your eating is through your Dietician. They can help you go through and understand the concept of “carb counting”, through which you can make a sound decision on the portions; quantity; frequency of your favorite savories!!

The good news!!

Diabetics, especially those among you who cannot reduce their craving for the forbidden (read sweets), here comes the good news: you don’t have to say no to your favourite desserts any more. Instead of taking two scoops of ice cream take just one, rather than eating a large portion of gajar ka halwa, opt to have a small portion. This way, you can eat your sweets without having to worry about being diabetic. Again; your doctor & Dietician can help you understand the minutes.

Remember, just like everything else in life, moderation is the key here. Don’t resist your craving, just control it. Indulge occasionally, but never in an excessive manner.

There are millions of people who are diabetics in the world. A lot of them lead happy and fulfilling lives. Diabetes is not the end of the road. With proper diet, regular work out and periodical checks, you can keep diabetes under control.

Live life to the fullest and let not diabetes sour your taste buds enjoying its sweetness!!!

Dr. Basavaraj G S, Consultant Endocrinology, Narayana Institute of Cardiac Sciences, Bommasandra

Narayana Health

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