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The Truth About Diabetes: Myths versus Facts

Think you know the facts about diabetes? See if you can distinguish which of these common perceptions are fact.

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The Truth about Diabetes:
What do you really know?
      Myth or Fact
              Presented by:
        Margaret Eckler RD, CDE
        Astride Romelus, PharmD
              March 15, 2012
Myth or Fact
1. “Borderline” diabetes is usually not too
   serious.


                  MYTH
Myth or Fact
2. Only people who have a family history
  need to be tested for diabetes


               MYTH
Myth or Fact
3. You are in charge of managing your
  diabetes


               FACT
Myth or Fact
4. Smoking can increase the risk of
  complications of diabetes


      FACT
Myth or Fact
5. Patients with diabetes have very little
  control over the development of
  complications


    MYTH
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The Truth About Diabetes: Myths versus Facts

  • 1. The Truth about Diabetes: What do you really know? Myth or Fact Presented by: Margaret Eckler RD, CDE Astride Romelus, PharmD March 15, 2012
  • 2. Myth or Fact 1. “Borderline” diabetes is usually not too serious. MYTH
  • 3. Myth or Fact 2. Only people who have a family history need to be tested for diabetes MYTH
  • 4. Myth or Fact 3. You are in charge of managing your diabetes FACT
  • 5. Myth or Fact 4. Smoking can increase the risk of complications of diabetes FACT
  • 6. Myth or Fact 5. Patients with diabetes have very little control over the development of complications MYTH
  • 7. Myth or Fact 6. People with diabetes can’t eat sweets or chocolate.. Too much sugar! MYTH
  • 8. Myth or Fact 7. Patients with diabetes should avoid restaurants MYTH
  • 9. Myth or Fact 8. Fruit is a healthy food; therefore it is okay to eat as much as you want. MYTH
  • 10. Myth or Fact 9. Stress, food, and exercise can affect blood glucose control FACT
  • 11. Myth or Fact 10. Medication can control blood sugar levels; and therefore it is more important than diet and exercise MYTH
  • 12. BONUS • A hemoglobin A1c test measures blood glucose over the past: __________________ (Hint: answer can be provided in weeks/months) • American Diabetes Association HgBA1c goal for people with diabetes is less than_____%
  • 13. BONUS • A hemoglobin A1c test measures blood glucose over the past: __3 months (12 weeks)_ (Hint: answer can be provided in weeks/months) • American Diabetes Association HgBA1c goal for people with diabetes is less than ___7___%
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