15 Popular Diabetes Myths That Might Affect Your Health Too (Part. I)
Myth #6: People will diabetes are more likely to get COVID-19
Fact: Patients diagnosed with diabetes are not any more likely to contract the SARS-CoV-2 virus. However, their risk of complications after being infected is greater than it is for healthy individuals.
Dr. Nosova recalls encountering COVID-19 patients with uncontrolled diabetes who have experienced complications from the virus. A person with uncontrolled diabetes has their blood sugar levels higher than the normal range.
This is yet another lesson to request a blood test as soon as you notice anything unusual. Early detection is the best way to prevent and treat other illnesses that may show up in the future especially now when the COVID-19 pandemic is all across the country.
Unfortunately, the novel coronavirus can be very deceiving as well in early stages. Here are 5 strange COVID-19 symptoms you should know about to detect the disease as early as possible.
Myth #7: Diabetes can’t be cured
Fact: Depending on the cause and risk factors, some patients can have their diabetes almost completely reversed at least temporarily.
I know this answer seems vague, so I’ll just let the experts explain:
Eduardo Sanchez, chief medical officer of the Center for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the American Heart Association, explains that type 2 diabetes is most often linked to obesity. People who are suffering from extreme forms of obesity can have gastric bypass surgery, which reduces their fat mass drastically.
Previous procedures of this kind proved that such procedures can reverse diabetes symptoms almost completely, which is a major step forward in managing the condition. For example, this 2019 study published in the journal Diabetologia found that 75% of type 2 diabetes patients with obesity reported diabetes remission one year post-surgery.
If you’ve found these myths useful, make sure to check our part. 2 of our series right here.