The Truth About Diabetes: Myths versus Facts

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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: Myths versus Facts

  1. 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. 2. Myth or Fact1. “Borderline” diabetes is usually not too serious. MYTH
  3. 3. Myth or Fact2. Only people who have a family history need to be tested for diabetes MYTH
  4. 4. Myth or Fact3. You are in charge of managing your diabetes FACT
  5. 5. Myth or Fact4. Smoking can increase the risk of complications of diabetes FACT
  6. 6. Myth or Fact5. Patients with diabetes have very little control over the development of complications MYTH
  7. 7. Myth or Fact6. People with diabetes can’t eat sweets or chocolate.. Too much sugar! MYTH
  8. 8. Myth or Fact7. Patients with diabetes should avoid restaurants MYTH
  9. 9. Myth or Fact8. Fruit is a healthy food; therefore it is okay to eat as much as you want. MYTH
  10. 10. Myth or Fact9. Stress, food, and exercise can affect blood glucose control FACT
  11. 11. Myth or Fact10. Medication can control blood sugar levels; and therefore it is more important than diet and exercise MYTH
  12. 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. 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___%
  14. 14. For more information Learn more about the Summit Medical Group Diabetes Live Well Program (908)277-8617Connect with Us!Summit Medical Group on FacebookSummit Medical Group on TwitterSummit Medical Group on Google+

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