Can People With Diabetes Eat Chocolate? A True-False Quiz

Diabetes Quiz
Print icon

Editor’s note: Diabetes Alert Day on March 26 serves as a wakeup call to the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of assessing your risk.

Test your knowledge of diabetes with this True/False quiz:

1. Type 2 diabetes is caused by eating too much sugar.

False. A high-calorie diet, including calories from sugar, causes weight gain. Excess weight increases your risk of Type 2 diabetes. Causes of Type 1 diabetes include inherited risk factors.

2. Insulin cures diabetes.

False. Diabetes has no cure. Insulin can help control diabetes by keeping blood sugar levels in check.

3. Losing weight can help people with diabetes.

True. A loss of as little as 7 percent of your body weight — less than 13 pounds for someone who weights 180 — through diet and exercise can help reduce symptoms.

4. People with diabetes don’t have to follow a special diet.

True. People with diabetes should stick to the same healthful diet that works for everyone, with plenty of fruits, whole grains and vegetables.

5. Soda and other drinks loaded with sugar can contribute to Type 2 diabetes.

True. These drinks raise blood sugar. A 12-ounce can has 40 grams of carbohydrate — the same amount in 10 teaspoons of sugar. “These sugary drinks contribute, along with poor lifestyle, to the development of diabetes because they add to your weight,” says Dr. Manmeet Kaur, a Hartford HealthCare Medical Group endocrinologist.

6. People with diabetes can’t eat sweets or chocolate.

False. You can still indulge a sweet tooth if you have diabetes as long as the sweets are an occasional treat, small portions only and part of a healthful diet.

7. Everyone with diabetes takes medication for the disease.

False. If your body produces insulin, it might be enough control diabetes with a combination of weight loss, regular exercise and a healthful diet.

8. Diabetes causes more deaths in a year than breast cancer and AIDS combined.

True. Diabetes also doubles your risk of a heart attack.

9. If it’s not part of my family history, I don’t have to worry about diabetes.

False. Family history a risk factor for Type 2 diabetes, but not the only one. Excess weight, a sedentary lifestyle, age and race (African American, Hispanic and Asian American, among others), high blood pressure and abnormal cholesterol and triglyceride levels are among the other risk factors.

10. Drinking water can reduce high blood sugar levels.

False. Drinking water won’t help. But a healthful diet, regular exercise and taking any prescribed medications can help control diabetes.

To learn more about endocrinology and diabetes services at Hartford HealthCare, click here.

 


What's New

Anger

Why People, And Medical Researchers, Need Help with Anger

Anger is the first negative emotion babies can express and research shows that as many people seek treatment for it as depression and anxiety combined. Yet it is not officially classified a mental health disorder which, according to Dr. Ray DiGuiseppe, director of education with the Albert Ellis Institute and...


High Preparedness: Legal or Not, What’s Weed Do to Drivers?

Dr. Godfrey Pearlson Director, Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center at the Institute of Living Research Director, Institute of Living Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network Whatever the outcome of the current debate on legalizing recreational marijuana in Connecticut, we need to know more about marijuana’s overall effect on the brain and behavior...

Stress and Your Heart

Study: Stress-Related Disorder Heightens Heart Risk

People have a 60 percent increased risk of cardiovascular disease within the first year of being diagnosed with any stress-related disorder, according to a new study in Sweden. The results, published April 10 in the British Medical Journal, used data from the Swedish National Patient Register to compare people diagnosed...

Joint Replacement Surgery

Why a Partial Knee Replacement is Same-Day Surgery

Doctors at the Hartford HealthCare Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital are using new technology to customize joint replacements, making recovery easier. Here’s more from Dr. Mark Shekhman, a Bone & Joint Institute orthopedic surgeon: Q: At the bone and joint institute you use tools to assess the best route...