Misconceptions about Diabetes!

There are a lot of misconcetions about diabetes. Here are some of them that I have frequently heard.

"I can't have Diabetes because no one in my family has it!"

Not True!

You can have diabetes even though you don't have a family history of diabetes.

You don't have to have a family history of diabetes to be at risk for diabetes. It's because most diabetic patients actually suffer from a broader underlying disease process known as Insulin Resistance Syndrome. Diabetes is just one of the manifestations of Insulin Resistance Syndrome. Other manifestations include high blood pressure, obesity, high triglycerides level, low HDL cholesterol, heart attack and stroke.

If you have a personal or family history of any of these disorders, you are at high risk for diabetes.


"Diabetes that develops in the middle age or later is NOT a serious disease!!"  

Often people mistakenly think that diabetes that develop in middle age or later is not that serious. The truth is quite opposite!

This diabetes is almost always Type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes is a manifestation of a serious underlying disease process known as Insulin Resistance Syndrome. These patients are at very high risk for a heart attack and stroke, both of which are devastating at any age!  


"I don't need to be concerned about a heart attack as I underwent angioplasty with stent placement!"

Many people believe that after angioplasty and stent placement, they DO Not need to worry about a heart attack.

Not True!

Angioplasty and stent placement and even Heart Bypass Surgery DO NOT treat insulin resistance, the primary culprit of coronary heart disease in diabetic patients.

That's why these patients often need repeated angioplasties and even repeated heart bypass surgeries.

Only after Insulin Resistance Syndrome is appropriately treated, can you expect to prevent another heart attack.

Click here to learn about Heart Disease in Diabetics.

Click here to learn about Insulin Resistance Syndrome ( also known as Metabolic Syndrome ).


" Diabetes means I need to go on insulin shots!"

Not true!

All diabetic patients DO NOT need insulin shots.  

A common misconception about diabetes is that all patients need to go on insulin shots.

The truth is that only Type 1 diabetic patients absolutely need insulin injections. Type 1 diabetes is uncommon and accounts for only about 5% of diabetics patients.

The remaining 95% of diabetics have Type 2 diabetes and often do not not need insulin shots, but only if treated with appropriate medicines. Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are two very different diseases. In Type 1 diabetes there is severe lack of insulin, but in Type 2 diabetes, there is often too much insulin and the real problem is resistance to the action of insulin. Unfortunately, these patients do not receive appropriate treatment for insulin resistance and eventually end up on insulin shots. At the Jamila Diabetes & Endocrine Medical Center, I have been employing a new treatment strategy for treating insulin resistance in Type 2 diabetic patients. Almost all of these patients DO NOT progress to needing insulin shots.

For details, refer to my book, "Take Charge of Your Diabetes"



"Don't all Anti-Diabetic Medicines act the same way!"

A common misunderstanding is that all diabetes medicines do  pretty much the same job. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Different diabetic medicines act in different ways. The proper formulation of a diabetic regimen in an individual patient is the most important step in the appropriate medical care of that person.

An endocrinologist, an expert in the field of diabetes, can get you on the right path.

For details on various anti-diabetic drugs, please refer to my book, " Take Charge of Your Diabetes."



This article was written by Sarfraz Zaidi, MD, FACE. Dr. Zaidi specializes in Diabetes, photoEndocrinology and Metabolism.

Dr. Zaidi is a former assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA and Director of the Jamila Diabetes and Endocrine Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, California.

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