Stop Diabetes Damage
Dangerous diabetes myths
Myth #1: Oh, it’s just a little diabetes.
Diabetes is a chronic illness where the pancreas fails to produce insulin. Heart disease, stroke, blindness and amputation are common and terrible outcomes when diabetes is not properly controlled.
Myth #2: Why worry? There’s no wayto prevent it.
Jean Marie Davidson, DO, Virtua endocrinologist, gives the facts: “Weight gain can lead to the development of type 2 diabetes. Weight loss actually can reverse the insulin resistance process. The key is to eat right, exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.”
“People who lose five to seven percent of their body weight and exercise five days a week for about 30 minutes can reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58 percent,” says Lois Gerst, RN, CDE, manager of the Virtua Center for Nutrition and Diabetes. For a 200 pound person, that’s just 14 pounds.
Myth #3: All you do is take a pill to get rid of it.
Wrong. You don’t get “rid” of diabetes. Once you have it, most likely, it’s for life. However, by controlling it through weight reduction early on in the disease, someone can put diabetes into remission. Staying in remission means making an aggressive effort to monitor blood sugar, maintain a healthy weight and exercise regularly.
Myth #4: So my child is a bit overweight. So what?
Type 2 diabetes doesn’t just pop up. It develops over 10 to 15 years as the body loses its ability to produce insulin, then it begins a damaging assault on the organs.
Diabetes Triumphs: The Dale Fountain story
"I had diabetes for five years before I learned to control it. With diabetes, it's not like a diet where you can occasionally cheat or binge. Diabetes is a lifestyle. I didn’t fully understand this until I started attending monthly Virtua diabetes support groups. There I learned to make better food choices in order to get proper nutrition. I gained knowledge about diabetic complications from eye doctors, foot doctors and registered dietitians. Now I feel like I have control over the disease instead of the other way around.”
Everything you need to prevent and control diabetes
at the Virtua Center for Nutrition and Diabetes Care
- One-on-one diabetes and nutrition counseling with certified diabetes educators
- Diabetes support groups and classes
- Group or individual fitness at Virtua Health and Wellness Centers in Moorestown, Voorhees and Washington Township
Call 1-855-VIRTUA-8 for doctor appointments and referrals, classes and support groups.