Five Myths About Diabetes | KCET
Five Myths About Diabetes
1. I have borderline diabetes or just a touch of diabetes.
You either have it or you don't. Currently, guidelines are being developed to use a common blood test called the A1C for diagnosing, managing, and predicting the course of diabetes.
2. I don't know why I got diabetes, I never eat sweets.
Your body turns most of the food you eat into glucose — sugar — for energy. When you overeat, your body turns the calories it doesn't need for energy into fat. And being overweight puts you at risk for developing diabetes.
3. I can't eat carbohydrates; they make my blood sugar go high.
It's true that blood suger rises after eating even for people who don't have diabetes. But carbohydrates are your body's fuel, and without them you won't have much energy. About half of the food you eat every day should be carbohydrates.
4. I feel fine, why should I be concerned about my diabetes.
Diabetes generally has no symptoms until the blood glucose is quite high. Even then the symptoms can be sort of vague — increased thirst, increased urination and fatigue —and easily blamed on something else. A lot of people are walking around with diabetes and don't know it. If it's not diagnosed and brought under control, it can cause serious complications. That's one reason diabetes is sometimes called a silent killer.
5. If I really take care of myself, always follow my meal plan and exercise faithfully, I can avoid taking diabetes medication.
Unfortunately this may not always be true. Diabetes is a progressive disease, and there are a lot of factors in how it progresses. But in many cases a person can stave off the progression of the disease by good diabetes self-management.
Barbara Kruger unveils her latest additions to her ongoing series, “Untitled (Questions),” as part of Frieze Week Los Angeles. The unmistakable ad-like artworks boldly ask, “Who buys low? Who sells high?” among other questions.
Projects that elevate the complexities of an extremely diverse, multicultural and layered city are highlighted at this year's edition of Frieze LA.
In the Lower Rio Grande Valley, 95 percent of butterfly habitat has disappeared, and one of its few places left to call home is at the mercy of the concrete U.S.-Mexico border wall.
Educational attainment differs across economic and racial lines. That's why Whittier Unified School District zeroed in on the district's practices and shed light on how to close the gap in access to high quality education.
An investigation reveals how the state and many cities have let developers get away for decades with not paying their fair share when they replace affordable lodging with luxury hotels up and down California’s coast.
A Humboldt town is polarized over allegations of racism and police incompetence surrounding the death of college student Josiah Lawson.
As California deals with the fallout of a global waste crisis, plastic manufacturers continue to spread misleading information about recycling, while spending big on lobbying efforts to keep their products on the shelves.
For decades Los Angeles has lived in the shadows of New York and Chicago when it comes to the jazz, but that's now changing. LA's jazz scene is on the upswing. Meet the people, places and sounds that are putting LA jazz back on the map.
Chopped down trees, unspent money, building homes thirty feet from the freeway: Is the city of Los Angeles falling down on the job when it comes to certain environmental policies? Socal Connected investigates.