How harmful can a little white lie to your doctor be? For people with diabetes, very!
Sometimes, people don’t tell their doctors the truth because they’re afraid to be judged or want to be admired but ignore that by doing so, they are making their diabetes care suffer and that their lies will definitely come back to haunt them.
Here are 8 common ‘white’ lies that could mess with your blood sugar and your health:
Lie 1:‘I check my blood sugar regularly.’
According to the American Diabetes Association, 2 out of 3 people with type 1 diabetes don’t check their blood sugar as often as recommended. While a National Institutes of Health study of 1,480 patients with type 2 diabetes has shown that 24% used insulin, 65% used oral medications, and 80% said they tested their blood sugar less than once a month.
Blood glucose checking is a powerful tool for keeping diabetes in control, as well as it helps you spot what’s working and what’s not sooner.
Honestly: Just explain why you don’t test as often as recommended, your doctor may have a solution.
Lie 2: ‘I take all of my medications, all the time.’
According to experts from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, about 20% to 40% of people with diabetes don’t take their injections or blood sugar-controlling pills the way their doctor prescribed them.
There is no other way to get better with your diabetes if you don’t take your medications as your doctor said you should. Taking many daily medications can become confusing, but skipping your medications will only make it worse.
Honestly: Tell your doctor about side effects, difficulty remembering, and financial barriers. Maybe a low-cost generic drug will be affordable. It is crucial to tell your doc what you’re taking and what you’re not taking.
Lie 3: ‘I exercise every day!’
In nationwide phone surveys, only 19% of people with diabetes were shown to get the physical activity that they actually need.
Exercise improves insulin sensitivity and prompts muscle cells to pull more glucose from your bloodstream, which results in lower blood sugar. So if your blood sugar is high and lying about exercising, your doctor may change medications or increase dosage thinking you’re doing all you can.
Honestly: Admit you’ve been too lazy and say what you really can do, even if it’s just a few minutes per day. Any little bit of exercise can help.
Lie 4: ‘I always eat healthy’
In an International survey of 652 people with diabetes from the US, Europe, Japan, Brazil, and India, 50% confessed that they’ve made no changes in diet since their diagnosis.
Eating healthy keeps high blood pressure, high cholesterol and weight gain under control. A diet including lean protein, right portions of whole grains, veggies, fruit, good fats and low-fat dairy can help your body process blood sugar more properly.
Honestly: Don’t do it alone. Ask a registered dietitian or certified diabetes education, to get support and guidance that make it easier for you to eat right.
Lie 5: ‘My sex life is great…’
Almost 50% of men with diabetes have erectile dysfunction issues, and nearly half of all women with diabetes also have sexual function problems including loss of sensation and vaginal dryness, says Dr. Rubin, endocrinologist and author of Diabetes for Dummies.
Don’t give up on intimacy and ruin your relationship and well-being, there’s so much your doctor can do to help you.
Honestly: Take a deep breathe and simply explain what’s going on. There are plenty of ways to help if your doctor knows the exact nature of your problem.
Lie 6: ‘Smoke? Me? Never!’
Approximately, 1 in 5 people with diabetes are smokers and even more occasional smokers.
Smokers with diabetes are at higher risk of heart disease, stroke, vision problems, kidney disease, nerve damage, and reduced blood flow to legs and feet.
Honestly: Tell your doctor you’re ready to quit. There are some effective quit strategies and other support, besides your blood sugar will become much easier to monitor soon after you quit.
Lie 7: ‘The only supplement I take is multivitamin’
Oh, really? More than half of all people with diabetes take dietary supplements, while people with type 2 diabetes are more likely to use herbal remedies and other non-vitamin varieties, according to a University of Washington 2011-study.
Supplements you take could increase your risk for low blood sugar in case you also use insulin or medications that raise insulin levels, moreover, drug interactions, allergic reactions, and even liver damage may also occur.
Honestly: Simply tell your doctor what you’re exactly taking, they can calculate the risk of interactions and possible side effects, as well as help you save money if what you’re taking isn’t helping.
Lie 8: ‘Depressed? Not at all.’
People who have diabetes are twice as likely to experience depression as those who don’t have it. According to a University of Washington review, just 1 in 3 people with diabetes get help for depression.
Depression can make it more difficult to stick with a healthy lifestyle, which results in increasing complications such as stroke, heart disease, kidney problems, vision loss, sexual problems, and amputation.
Honestly: Go out of yourself and speak up. Tell your doctor how you’ve been feeling down, losing pleasure, unusually tired, or experiencing a certain change in sleep or appetite.
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