Here is a short FAQ that may answer some of your questions – if you have any other questions please send us a message on our contact page.
- I’ve heard that people with diabetes can’t eat sugar. Is that true?
- Can I prevent diabetes with weight loss?
- I was told to eat healthy and exercise more to make diabetes better. I have been doing that but it’s not fixing my blood sugar. What am I doing wrong?
- Where can I find more information on Type 2 Diabetes?
Q. I’ve heard that people with diabetes can’t eat sugar. Is that true?
A. Nothing could be further from the truth! We know that everyone benefits from eating a healthy diet filled with foods found on Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating. We also know that less healthy foods, including those ones full of sugar are sometimes a part of our lives. We use those foods to celebrate, unwind or treat ourselves. When we have diabetes, it is important to learn how to count all the carbohydrate/sugar foods we eat and test our blood sugars before and after eating those foods to see how our body reacts. Only then do we Discover our Diabetes!
Q. Can I prevent diabetes with weight loss?
A. Being at a healthy weight can delay the onset of diabetes, especially if being overweight makes your body insulin less effective. Always remember that your body either makes enough insulin to match the foods you eat, or it doesn’t. Weight loss does not always help improve blood sugars, but it can help you be healthier in other ways. Speak to your diabetes educator about the best approach for you to manage your diabetes.
Q. I was told to eat healthy and exercise more to make diabetes better. I have been doing that but it’s not fixing my blood sugar. What am I doing wrong?
A. Congratulations to you! Adopting better habits is always a great way to improve your health but it may not be enough to bring your high blood sugars down. If you have a ‘leaky liver’ or a ‘pooped out pancreas’ that doesn’t make enough insulin, no amount of eating less or moving more will work.
Use the Discovering Diabetes record found in the Diabetes Myth Book and work with your diabetes educator to learn how diabetes works inside of you. Then you will know the best path for you to manage your diabetes.
Q. Where can I find more information on Type 2 Diabetes?
A. You can find excellent information on managing Type 2 diabetes in our diabetes myth books. We currently publish two versions: Original called Diabetes Myths, Misconceptions and Big Fat Lies! which is for a general audience and an Aboriginal focussed book called Diabetes… Myth or Truth? Written for people of First Nation, Inuit and Metis ancestry. Check out our page for People Living with Diabetes for more information on our diabetes myth books.
B. Another excellent source of diabetes information is the Canadian Diabetes Association. Their publications can be found at www.diabetes.ca