However, healthy diet, regular physical activity, maintaining a normal body weight and avoiding tobacco use can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.
The American Diabetes Association provides some facts about diabetes to create awareness among people.
Fact: No. Diabetes is not contagious. It can't be caught like a cold or flu.
Myth Only old people can get diabetes.
Fact: As you get older, your risk for Type 2 diabetes, heart disease goes up. Though there's nothing you can do about getting older, you can take steps to eat healthy and manage your weight.
Myth Only African-Americans get diabetes.
Fact: All races/ethnicity are affected by this disease.
Myth If you eat too much sugar, you'll get diabetes.
Fact: Type 1 diabetes is caused by genetics factors and Type 2 diabetes is caused by genetics and lifestyle factors.
Myth Only overweight or obese people get diabetes.
Fact: Being overweight is a risk factor for developing this disease, but other risk factors such as family history, ethnicity and age also play a role.
Myth Diabetics must eat special diabetic foods.
Fact: A healthy meal plan for people with diabetes is generally the same as a healthy diet for anyone. Low in saturated and trans fat, moderate in salt and sugar, with meals based on lean protein, non-starchy vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats and fruit.
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