You Can Beat Diabetes
From diets to meds – we bust five big myths (and help you lower your risk)
FICTION: Being overweight causes diabetes.
FACT: Just because you're heavy doesn't mean you'll automatically get diabetes. In fact, 34 percent of adults 20 and older are obese, but just 10.7 percent have diabetes. Still, experts agree that being obese, especially combined with a genetic predisposition for diabetes, can trigger the disease. Research in The Journal of the American Medical Association showed that those who were obese at age 50 and gained 20 pounds were five times likelier to develop diabetes than those who weren't obese at 50.
FICTION: An insulin pill is right around the corner.
FACT: An insulin pill is not imminent, says the ADA's Tobin. There are alternatives to injections, though. One of the latest is the Finesse insulin patch-pen, expected to be available in late 2011. The patch-pen is disposable — and cheaper than an insulin pump.
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