Hispanic health: Addressing 4 myths about Type 2 diabetes

Hispanic health: Addressing 4 myths about Type 2 diabetes

(BPT) – Chances are you know someone with type 2 diabetes (T2D) – whether it be a parent, cousin, neighbor or a co-worker. Yet, did you know that diabetes disproportionately affects the Hispanic community in the United States? In fact, nearly 16.9 percent of Hispanic-American adults in the U.S. are living with T2D, compared to 10.2 percent of non-Hispanic white adults, according to The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL).

As Hispanic populations grow in the U.S., the number of Hispanics with diabetes is expected to grow with it. That’s why it’s important to get the facts about some of the common myths and misconceptions that are associated with type 2 diabetes so you and your family can make educated health care decisions.

Myths and Facts

Below are some common myths and misconceptions, and corresponding facts associated with type 2 diabetes and insulin treatment.

Myth 1: I have type 2 diabetes because I didn’t take care of myself.

Fact: The truth is diabetes is a result of a number of factors. These include family and medical history, ethnicity and age, which all play a role in whether or not someone is predisposed to diabetes.

Myth 2: Beginning treatment with insulin is going to cause me to change my entire lifestyle.

Fact: As diabetes changes over time, your treatment may need to change with it. The natural progression of type 2 diabetes may lead to a patient taking insulin – many people with diabetes are prescribed insulin, sometimes because their bodies do not use insulin properly. Insulin can be incorporated into your daily schedule as part of your meal and treatment plan.

Myth 3: “I can’t enjoy the holidays or family time because I won’t be able to have the foods I love.”

Fact: The truth is you can still enjoy the foods that you love – just in moderation. The foods you like may be a healthy option or a sweet treat, so keep an eye on portion control and make smart choices throughout the day. Talk to your health care provider to get specific guidance on a healthy meal plan.

Myth 4: “Diabetes can be cured if I eat healthy, and once I reach my blood sugar goal, I can stop my medication.”

Health & Fitness

Fact: The truth is there is no cure for diabetes. However it can often be managed with medication and lifestyle changes. Eating healthy and getting regular exercise, along with medications such as insulin, can help control your blood sugar levels. It’s best to speak with your healthcare provider about the best treatment plan for you, as well as how often you should test your blood sugar and have regular A1C tests.

Separating Fact from Fiction

‘Myths and misconceptions about T2D can get in the way of people making informed decisions about their health. That’s why it’s important to talk to your doctor, ask questions and work with him or her to develop a treatment plan that works for you,’ says Dr. Frank Lavernia, founder and director of the North Broward Diabetes Center in Pompano Beach, Florida. ‘Facts and information are empowering, but separating diabetes facts from fiction can be difficult at times. That’s where the Basado en Hechos initiative can help.’

The Basado en Hechos initiative is designed to help dispel some type 2 diabetes myths and misconceptions that may be common among the Hispanic community. At basadoenhechos.com, you can watch a video that addresses some myths about type 2 diabetes and insulin, as well as find information about a diabetes treatment option.

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* Watch “The Skinny on Obesity” with Dr. Lustig: http://www.uctv.tv/skinny-on-obesity
Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, explores the damage caused by sugary foods. He argues that fructose (too much) and fiber (not enough) appear to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on insulin. Series: UCSF Mini Medical School for the Public [7/2009] [Health and Medicine] [Show ID: 16717]

More UCTV videos about sugar: http://www.uctv.tv/sugar
Dr. Lustig’s book (comes out Dec 27, 2012), “Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease”: http://www.amazon.com/Fat-Chance-Beating-Against-Processed/dp/159463100X

Thank you to Centar dr Gifing for providing the Serbian subtitles for Sugar the Bitter Truth. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8cXfUiAey9wzYg3K_eR_zg

Sugar: The Bitter Truth Sugar: The Bitter Truth

19 Responses to “Hispanic health: Addressing 4 myths about Type 2 diabetes”

  1. Manuel Gonzalez Reply

    About 8 months ago, I recently swapped drinking sugary drinks-where I would consume from 1 can to 3 cans a day- with water. I lost roughly 12 pounds, which was mostly located in my lower abdominal section, where my stomach would slightly stick out. it no longer stick out. Not only that, I also noticed that my running performance has improved. I could not run beyond 3 miles, and I now run about 5 miles every day, 4 days out of the week, including some exercises. I noticed that I no longer feel run down, and I also feel that I have become a sharper thinker and my attention span has expanded for a longer time. I want to mention that I, instead, eat fruits to consume some sugar. he is right: it is poison.

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  2. Green With Wimsy Reply

    If he's so right, why's he so fat?

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  3. Gillenz Fluff Reply

    I eat what ever I feel like and only weigh 131lbs!

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  4. liluglydude 666 Reply

    new drinking game. take a shot every time this guy say "k?"

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  5. KIT KAT Reply

    Heya, The best success that I have ever had was with Marks magic method (i found it on google) Without a doubt the most incredible diet that I have ever tried.

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  6. John Thomson Reply

    At 42:45 he said "count the arrows." I counted all those arrows, but he didn't say how many arrows where there. How many did you count? I got 42.

    If you don't want to count the arrows, you can jump 5 minutes.

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  7. Sherif Mahmood Reply

    The bottom line is: Global food chains and companies are treating us like animals.

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  8. Howard Mendelson Reply

    An eye opening lecture. Thank you Dr. Lustig,

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  9. SoyaWestasia Reply

    I want to share this with my family in El Salvador (where sugar consumption seems to be extremely high amongst my family). Can this be heard in spanish?

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  10. James Carmody Reply

    I just read a 2011 New York Times article noting how this lecture had 800,000 views. Now it's over 7.3 million.

    This stuff matters. Heed Lustig's warning!

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  11. Mike OnBike Reply

    Bitterian – that is a new movment, like vegetarian but you quit on sugar not meat.

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  12. Olivia esddms Reply

    Uuh, when I used to eat the Chicken McNuggets, I didn't dip them.
    I always hated dippings, ketchup, mustard, and most sauces…

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  13. Daniel Pincus Reply

    Lustig: "I am not anti-sugar. Sugar should be appropriate and rare." Golden and easy to remember. It used to be consumed in special treats on holidays and special occasions. Sugar is not for all the time. When I cut it, a skin growth on my forehead just disappeared and my skin cleared up generally. Also, too much meat clogs muscle cells with fat and makes it difficiult for them to accept glucose, which then remains in the blood, raising blood sugar and causes inflammation of the arterial walls. His solution: eat real food. The more refined the food, the worse it is for us.

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  14. gpttut Reply

    I think I've gotten to the point in my life, where I realize its easy to make changes in diet. But, the reality of it is, I have given up on life in general. It is not just a good issue. I would just rather eat what is in front of me then go through this whole methodology of changing all my habits. I would rather put a bullet in my brain than change any of my existing habits.
    I do not know why this happens, but I am now set in my ways with whatever food is easily available.

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  15. MisterZ3r0 Reply

    went keto thanks to this man.

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  16. Lia Lila Reply

    I'm very impressed with the participation of the group and Lustig's inclusion of them.

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  17. Durden Reply

    So you mean we should cut fruits from our diet?

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  18. gurlgenius11 Reply

    Why doesn't Dr Lustig have a Nobel Peace Prize by now?

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  19. aloha maui Reply

    I love sugar…f….k… off

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