Diabetes Mythbusters

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Being diagnosed with diabetes is becoming more and more common, but that doesn’t make the diagnosis any less overwhelming. As the disease spreads, so do rumors and misunderstandings about it. With …

Being diagnosed with diabetes is becoming more and more common, but that doesn’t make the diagnosis any less overwhelming. As the disease spreads, so do rumors and misunderstandings about it. With that, we present your Diabetes Mythbusters. Who are the “mythbusters”? They’re Denise Stumpf, RN, BSN, CDE, and Sarah Tierney, RN, BSN, CDE. Between them, they have 15 years of experience of providing education in the Springfield Clinic Endocrinology Department. And they’re not just telling the myths – they’ve put them to the test!

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  • 1. Diabetes Myth Busters
    • Denise Stumpf, RN BSN CDE
    • Sarah Tierney, RN BSN CDE
  • 2. Help us out!!!! FALSE TRUE
  • 3. Eating too much sugar causes Diabetes
  • 4. If you are overweight or obese you will eventually develop Type 2 Diabetes
  • 5.
    • Non-Modifiable
    • Age
    • Race – African American, Mexican American, American Indians, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders & Asian Americans
    • Family History
    • History of GDM or had a baby >9lbs
    • Modifiable
    • Overweight or Obese
    • High Blood Pressure
    What are the risk factors?
  • 6.
    • Eating too much sugar causes Diabetes
    • If you are overweight or obese you will eventually develop Type 2 Diabetes
  • 7. FALSE
    • Eating too much sugar causes Diabetes
    • If you are overweight or obese you will eventually develop Type 2 Diabetes
  • 8.  
  • 9. My doctor says I have Borderline Diabetes
  • 10. American Diabetes Association Diabetes Care, December 30, 2010, Volume 34, Supplement 1, S11-S61 DIABETES PRE-DIABETES Hgb A1c > 6.5% 5.7% - 6.4% Fasting Blood Glucose >126mg/dl 100mg/dl – 125mg/dl 2 hour glucose, OGTT >200mg/dl 140mg/dl – 199mg/dl Random Glucose & Sx >200mg/dl
  • 11. Borderline Diabetes
  • 12. Borderline Diabetes FALSE
  • 13. If you have Diabetes, you should eat “special” diabetic food
  • 14. If you have Diabetes, you should not eat carbohydrates
  • 15.
    • “ Special”
    • Diabetic foods
    • More expensive?
    • Laxative effect?
    • Raise blood sugar?
    Carbohydrates are the main source of fuel for the body.
  • 16.  
  • 17. So What Should I Eat?
  • 18.
    • If you have Diabetes, you should eat “special” diabetic food
    • If you have Diabetes, you should not eat carbohydrates
  • 19. FALSE
    • If you have Diabetes, you should eat “special” diabetic food
    • If you have Diabetes, you should not eat carbohydrates
  • 20. Smoking increases the risk of the complications of Diabetes
  • 21. Adults with Diabetes are:
    • 2 to 4 times more likely to have heart disease or stroke than adults without diabetes
    • At a higher risk for developing PAD
    • Individuals with PAD are 4-5x more likely to have a heart attack or stroke
    www.americanheart.org
  • 22. Smoking increases the risk of the complications of Diabetes
  • 23. Smoking increases the risk of the complications of Diabetes TRUE
  • 24. People with Diabetes are more likely to get colds and other illnesses
  • 25. People with Diabetes are more likely to get colds and other illnesses TRUE
    • Illness can make Diabetes more difficult to control
    • Individuals with uncontrolled Diabetes are more like to suffer serious consequences
    • Recommend yearly Flu vaccine and current pneumonia vaccination guidelines
  • 26. If you have Type 2 Diabetes and your doctor says: “ You need to start insulin ” This means you failed to take care of your diabetes properly
  • 27.
    • Overtime the body will:
    • Decrease Insulin Production
    • Increase in Insulin Resistance
    • Continued Glucose Production from Liver with meals and between meals that is not needed
    Diabetes is a: CHRONIC & PROGRESSIVE disease
  • 28. Insulin Is Failure NOT
  • 29. Diabetes Learning Center
    • We offer training for:
      • Diabetes Self Management Training
        • 4 classes offered Tuesday evening & Thursday afternoon
          • Diabetes overview, treatment, monitoring, physical activity, foot care, complications, healthy coping, nutrition & meal planning
      • Home Glucose Monitoring
      • Insulin, Byetta, Victoza or Symlin Training
      • Insulin Pump Therapy
      • 3 day Continuous Glucose Monitoring
    217-528-7541
  • 30.