7 Myths about diabetes in India

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With a very high dadaists rate, there are many myths about diabetes in India. First, we see its introduction.

What is diabetes?

It is a disease in which the glucose level in the body becomes too high. We get glucose from the food we intake. There is a hormone called insulin, through which glucose absorbs into the cells of our body. In diabetes, this hormone is either absent or not working correctly.

There are two main types of diabetes.

  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Type 2 diabetes

In type 1 diabetes, insulin is not created within our body. In type 2 diabetes, the body does not have enough insulin, and the body cannot absorb the required level of glucose into the cells. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes (mostly in the older age group).

Both types of diabetes result in high level of sugar levels in the blood. The increased glucose level in the blood can cause severe after-effects. It can harm many organs like kidneys, liver, and heart.

Proper medication is required to deal with this severe disease. You have to take specific tests like fasting blood sugar test, glucose tolerance test, and glucose screening test (prescribed by your physician) to know about your disease’s severity. After that, your doctor will prescribe proper medicines. In type 1, insulin (via injections) is the most commonly used medication, and in type 2, mostly oral medicine like gliclazide, Glucovance and Glucotrol, etc are commonly used.

People should keep an eye on the apparent symptoms of diabetes. Common symptoms for diabetes are:

  1. Frequent urination
  2. Fatigue
  3. High hunger level
  4. High thirst level
  5. Blur vision
  6. Unhealed cuts

If any person experiences all these symptoms or the majority of them, he/she must consult the doctor immediately.

Diabetes in India

According to a survey, there are around 77 million people who are suffering from diabetes. India is also in the top 10 counties with the diabetes rate.

Not just diabetic patients, there is a considerable number of people who are suffering from pre-diabetics.

Pre-diabetics is a condition in which sugar level in blood is high but not very high like in diabetes. Most of the people who are having pre-diabetes are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes in the future.

Lifestyle changes like healthy eating habits can improve this situation and control the number of diabetics.

Here arises an obvious question: “Why India’s rate is so high in diabetes?”

The answer is simple. India’s obesity is very high. And obesity is a vital factor in having diabetes. The majority of the Indian population consumes a high-calorie diet daily. Other than obesity, the second main factor is the resistance towards insulin exits in the Indian population. Many studies support this idea of genetic tendency in India towards having diabetes in the future.

So, people should be more cautious about their diet and living patterns. There must be a control in the daily Intake of fat to lower cholesterol levels. People need to make physical activity (any kind of ) an integral part of their routine activities.

According to a survey conducted in 2019, around 51% of the people (who participated in the survey) also have cholesterol problems. So, there is a strong link between cholesterol problems and diabetes. People should know about reducing cholesterol levels to avoid diabetes in the future.

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Myths about diabetes in India

Several myths are prevailing in India about diabetes. These myths must be rectified to deal with this disease properly and effectively.

Myth 1: More sugar intake cause diabetes

The most myth about diabetes in India is that people believe that if a person has a more significant amount of sugar daily causes it. According to the fact, there is no direct link between sugar intake and diabetes. However, diabetes is linked with a person’s overall diet.

Myth 2: Old age group is only suffered by diabetes.

People usually believe that only older people can have diabetes. But the fact is there is no age limit for the occurrence of diabetes. However, chances of type 2 diabetes are higher in older people. But younger people, including kids, can also have it (primarily type 1 diabetes).

Myth 3: Herbal medicines can control diabetes

Another widespread practice in India is using herbal medicine for the treatment of this severe disease. With this belief, people usually consult any doctor when the situation becomes terrible. One must understand that if a person does not take proper medicines, this disease can adversely affect many body organs.

Myth 4: Soaking feet in warm water can control diabetes

There is no scientific proof behind this statement that people believe in India. (mostly uneducated population).  There should be awareness that soaking feet in warm water cannot control sugar levels. You have to take proper medicines for this purpose.

Myth 5: Diabetes can transfer from one person to another

People also think that diabetes is a contagious disease. It is transmitted from one person to another. However, the fact is this disease is developed inside a person’s body, and diabetes can’t be caught from one another.

Myth 6: lifestyle patterns have no link with the cure of diabetes

Many people have a misconception that a person’s living pattern has no link with this disease. However, lifestyle changes play a vital part in controlling blood sugar levels. Lifestyle changes include a change in diet (increase in fiber intake), increased exercise,  quitting smoking, sufficient sleep, etc.

Myth 7: Spiritual treatment is enough for diabetes

This misconception is mostly in females that diabetes does not require any medicine. Only through spiritual treatment like, a person can feel better.  The myth must be rectified; otherwise, it will lead to various health complications.


Many myths about diabetes in India are prevailing. They are creating a big hurdle in the treatment of it. With increasing awareness and education of the people, We can solve this problem. Not just education, People should have easy access to the doctor and treatment options. People also need to take steps to reduce their obesity rate in the country. People should adopt a High fiber diet instead of a high-calorie diet.  Only then can the situation be improved in India.


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