If you think you’re safe from diabetes, think again.
A 2008 review in the Philippine Journal of Internal Medicine found that the prevalence of diabetes mellitus in the Philippines is on the rise: 7.2 percent of the population suffers from diabetes, while about 14.2% are pre-diabetic.
This means a combined 21.4% total prevalence of diabetes and pre-diabetes in the Philippines – an estimated one out of every five Filipinos.
Such terrifyingly high number also means that many Filipinos still believe in myths about diabetes. In dealing with such a serious disease, proper knowledge alone may save lives.
Thankfully, modern research-based knowledge can help us separate myths from facts.
Myth 1: Only overweight people are at risk of diabetes
Being overweight points to a generally unhealthy lifestyle. But diabetes doesn’t discriminate between body shapes; it affects even slim or thin types. Regardless of one’s size, the likelihood of being at risk of diabetes more heavily lies on one’s lifestyle and genetics.
Simply put, the less you take care of yourself, the more chances you’ll be putting yourself at risk.
Myth 2: Eating too much sugar can cause diabetes
A common misconception about diabetes is that it's caused by eating too much sugar. The truth is far more complicated: the overconsumption of sugar is not an outright cause of diabetes, though it is a factor for contracting diabetes.
Eating any kind of food in excess, sweet or not, may lead to obesity, which is a risk factor for getting Type 2 diabetes.
Myth 3: Only old people will have diabetes
Diabetes spares no one – it doesn’t discriminate whether a person is young or old. Adults may only have higher chances of getting diabetes from more exposure to unhealthy behavior, but kids are also at risk just the same.
So long as eating habits or lifestyle choices are not checked, then any individual is at risk of getting diabetes.
Myth 4: Once you are diagnosed as pre-diabetic, there is no way back
Contrary to what has been previously believed, getting a pre-diabetic diagnosis is not the point of no return. Responding to diabetes doesn’t require expensive medication, either.
Pre-diabetic patients can turn to natural and organic remedies, like the bitter herb Sinta (Andrographis paniculata). Ten times more bitter than ampalaya, leaves from the Sinta plant may help with the management of blood sugar levels for those who are pre-diabetic/borderline diabetic at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, and who are looking for natural solutions to stop or delay the progression of the disease.
This may be attributed to the andrographolide found in the leaves, which helps in decreasing glucose levels in the blood.
There’s also a more convenient, less bitter way of taking Sinta. Natural herbal dietary supplements from the family of Serpentina, made from pure, high-quality Andrographis paniculata leaves are available in leading drugstores nationwide.
When it comes to beating diabetes, it’s about how you live – and what you know!
Source: Jimeno, Cecilia A. M.D. et al. "Prevalence of Diabetes Mellitus and Pre-Diabetes in the Philippines: A Sub-study of the 7th National Nutrition and Health Survey (2008)." Philippine Journal of Internal Medicine, April-June, 2015. Accessed August 29, 2019.
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