From dLife: Quiz "Diabetes Myth Busters 2"

By jayabee52 Latest Reply 2014-06-01 22:34:34 -0500
Started 2014-03-15 15:33:42 -0500

OK folks, here it is — round two of our myth-busting quiz. In the first quiz we put 13 myths to rest, and now we've got 10 more to debunk. Ready to test your knowledge of nutrition, insulin, and complications? Then put your thinking caps on and let's get to the truth behind some of the most common diabetes myths.

75 replies

Benitabeaux 2014-06-01 22:00:35 -0500 Report

I got 10 of 10…yes the last question about staying on meds and diet and still having high blood sugar…is me. If I have stress physical or mental my sugars elevate…and keeping away from stress and depressing situations is not easy…God has helped me be strong and I have had to avoid certain people who are high drama, and not good for me. I pray the AA prayer a lot it is very difficult to do especially if they are family.. and of course you want to help them…but my health is much more important now. Give it up to God…Jesus take the wheel so to speak.

haoleboy 2014-06-01 22:34:34 -0500 Report

When I was a practicing christian I learned the phrase "let go and let God" … it served me well over the years … I still subscribe to that philosophy although nowadays it has a little bit of a different meaning.


johio 2014-03-21 02:25:28 -0500 Report

got 9 out of 10. one of those right answers was a guess, so I'll only claim 8/10. quizzes are soooo much easier than actually living with diabetes.

jayabee52 2014-03-23 20:40:56 -0500 Report

Ya got that right Johio! However knowing stuff like this helps us live successfully with it, don't you think?

Grandmama16 2014-03-19 01:45:42 -0500 Report

8 right…and I really just didn't know the 2 I got wrong. I don't eat rice because it's so high on carbs nor do I like the alternatives, but then saw rice balls and rice pudding in the recipes. Why bother? Also, I've seen, even in stores, yams mistaken for sweet potatoes so I'm not sure about the carbs listed here on sweet potatoes. Yams are much better and I suspect that's what's used for the popular sweet potato fries. I was surprised in the list of veggies how high beets are in carbs. M.A.

jayabee52 2014-03-19 15:01:11 -0500 Report

Howdy MA
8 of 10 is not bad!

To address some of your concerns: Generally speaking root crops of any kind tend to be high in carbs, I suspect that is due to their need to store their "food" over the winter so it can grow again in the spring. Even carrots tend to be higher in carbs.

To find out the nutrition content in most foods, one site I have found valuable is NutritionDataSelf ~ You can use the search functuon there to find out the nutrition info of most any food of which one can think.

And here is an article from which outlines the difference between sweet potatoes and yams ~

God's best to you and yours


Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2014-03-16 08:21:04 -0500 Report

Got 13 right on the first one and 10 right on this one, yet I still am diabetic.

Grandmama16 2014-03-16 01:34:32 -0500 Report

I don't do very well on these tests but If there's one thing I know about and try to understand, it's depression. I've had it since childhood but not all the time. I went thru a difficult time from 10 to 13 with parents divorce. My best time was marrying the love of my life…51 yrs ago…at 18. and having our 5 children, & 2 Viet refugee boys, pushing 50 now, 16 grandkids and our first Grt grandson. Joy feels like cotton candy…kinda there but not. Depression feels like a heavy burden…hard to do normal things or cope, decisions hard to make. I've been on meds for 25 yrs.,now Cymbalta which is for my fibromyalgia too, and there's various other meds. Diabetes was lurking so that might have added to it…diagnosed 2012. I've still not got it under control…209 tonight, after popcorn I'm addicted to…even with 1500 mgs of Metformin and being aware of carbs, no rice, pasta and little potato or breads. A1c 6.6. Down from 7.4. I goof up but I actually eat very little. I have trouble exercising. Seems like there's only a few good hours during the day. I do go to God and give it all to him, offering it with the cross, for the sake of all and that gives value to it. It's hard to say I suffer when a friend has MS and her husband is dying of cancer., with arthritis too. They are each other's caretakers. My husband has Parkinson's, tho it's not bad yet, meds are helping and he's fighting it. We also lost our oldest daughter to cancer in 2006. We helped her and her family and we all got thru it but I don't think we had time to truly grieve. Depression meds block emotions that maybe need to be expressed. Maybe that's why I talk so much on these discussions. :) M.A.

Chuck Fisher
Chuck Fisher 2014-03-16 01:24:46 -0500 Report

9/10 as I didn't know what was meant by "the blues". Momentary sadness or anguish is normal and should pass without professional help.

Do not rely on volume when eating, weight is what counts. Acquire a nutrition kitchen scale and know how many carbs are in that cup of corn flakes, apple, or steak! After you have experience at home, you will have a good idea about the amount of carbs you ingest when eating out.

OK to keep your feet covered both inside and outside the house, but remember to choose shoes that can "breathe" so you can avoid infections. Also, use creams with urea on your feet to hydrate them. Dry feet are easy routes for infection.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-03-16 09:48:42 -0500 Report

Hi Chuck; After reading your statement I just have to say there is a difference between the blues and flat out depression. Your right, the blues are normal, but with some people it progresses and professional help is required. Medication needs to be brought in more often than not. It doesn't take much to set some off. Especially those who are predisposition for this horrible disease. (it is a disease, just like cancer or something else horrible) Jaybee said it best, "It's a dark, deep hole…"

Enjoyed what you had to say about feet. So true, I always have shoes on. My indoors shoes are fairly opened so their great for" breathing." I use the real "bag balm" on my feet to keep them hydrated. I buy it in the animal department of the store. It is the real thing they use to mend cow utters. Keeps my feet soft, well hydrated and crack free. Although, it does heal cracks as well. Great advice, Chuck…

jayabee52 2014-03-18 10:00:40 -0500 Report

Yep I agree VL.
Depression is an imbalance of brain chemicals and is not easily corrected. It is the "blues" cubed!

Acescoop 2014-03-15 23:33:25 -0500 Report

Woo Hoo, 10/10! Much better than the first time! However, I think the first question should have been worded differently. Insulin shots five times a day can, and sometimes do, hurt . . . and quite a bit.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-15 22:38:27 -0500 Report

Ok, I am sure some people can't get over the blues by them self. I guess that faith and prayer to God actually could mean I am not alone to get over them, but I really don't have to see any specialist other than God to get over the blues. I may be the unusual one in the batch, but I have always been able to work out the blues myself. That is one of the questions they said I got wrong so I guess I am odd. I admit that I don't know a lot about insulin because I'm not on it but I got all of those right except one. I don't like needles and I think they hurt. Oh well, I still didn't do to bad by answering 2 wrong according to the test. Thanks for posting, I did learn a lot about insulin.

jayabee52 2014-03-15 22:51:19 -0500 Report

Trudy, "The Blues" does not equal depression. I have experienced both, and they are different! One is being a little down the other is being in a black hole and trying do dig it deeper! I wanted to kill myself so many times when depressed. The reason I didn't is because of God. i found the blues to be emotionally uncomfortable. Depression is emotionally excruciating! It does go away after a while and the brain chemicals get more back to normal, but the point of that question's answer was to encourage us who are in depression not to try to go it alone, to get some help, either through antidepressants or through talk therapy, or both.

You're welcome Trudie.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-15 23:01:03 -0500 Report

Jayabee, I guess I miss understood. I don't think I have ever been that down, although I have been sad from time to time. But never so bad that I couldn't shake it. I am sorry to hear that you have. I guess I am just one of those people who try to always look for rainbows, through rose colored glasses. If you get that depressed again talk to me, I don't know if I can help but I will pray for your situation. Best wishes my friend.

jayabee52 2014-03-15 23:52:35 -0500 Report

Thank you for the offer Trudy. Actually I have not been that down since I wanted to end my life in 2006. And I would not have been comitting suicide. I had been having a tough stretch of life for a while because my wife divorced me for another man, my sons (19, 17 & 13) scattered to the 4 winds, I became disabled and lost my job, my income and my health insurance, I was living on credit cards. I had been in the hospital ICU for about 15 days and had a tremendous bill, I had to take dialysis treatments and my blll was mounting there also.

So I thought that it would be easier if I would just not return to dialysis treatments and just let my lack of proper kidney function poison my bloodstream and kill me. (I didn't think that would be counted as suicide) I even spoke to the dialysis clinic's social worker who said something like "Nobody would blame you for doing that."

But thinking a bit more, I decided I didn't want to give my sons a bad example to follow when life handed them a rough patch. So I didn't give up and kept up with my treatments. And things eventually got better. I got SSDI and medicare (and without a lot of hassle), one of my sons returned to Las Vegas (the town in which I was living - and still do) and then I was contacted by a lady who saw my profile on Dating4Disabled and sent me an email. We developed a relationship and we married at about a year after she first contacted me.

I believe God blessed me after I made the choice not to go through with my plan to end my life like that. And from the time I chose life, to this, I have never had another bout of depression, even when my lady love passed from this life. Oh I have been blue occasionally, but the desire to kill myself is completely gone.

Before the suicide ideation would kinda drift to the back of my mind and stay there till some event triggered it, and then it would be front and center for a while again. But since I chose life, it is a bad memory and is without power.

Thanks for your kind words and wishes


Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2014-03-16 08:27:38 -0500 Report

Your past is all the reasons why you support all of us. You have had to have some very lows to be compassionate and feel for others struggles. I too have a similar story as I am certain others have as well. Thank you.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-16 00:11:03 -0500 Report

James, Oh My. Your life's story made me cry at first from sadness, then from the joy of how you turned your thinking around. Then you found the help you needed but best of all you found an angel, that I agree with you that God helped you to meet. Which is a wonderful woman that has given you the love and life that you deserve. Bless You I am so happy for you and thank you so very much for sharing your story with me.

jayabee52 2014-03-16 01:28:21 -0500 Report

If I told my whole life's story you might wonder why I hadn't "pulled the trigger" long before now..

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2014-03-18 06:29:59 -0500 Report

We are glad you didn't so we can learn and be uplifted by your experiences. Thank you so much for supporting so many here.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-16 01:37:49 -0500 Report

I am so very glad you didn't/haven't. I truly enjoy reading your discussions, and reading your post. You have a way of making me laugh at times, making me think and learn, and making my day a lot brighter. I am thankful for DC and all the nice people I have met. We may all be different but in one thing we are a lot alike " the reason we found this site (diabetes)".

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-03-15 20:26:45 -0500 Report

10 out of 10, woohoo, I'm a mythbuster…camerashy-I had to think about the man one. So don't feel to bad, that one is tricky, well for some of us women. Thanks Jaybee, I really like to take these quizs. They keep me on my toes…

camerashy 2014-03-15 20:06:52 -0500 Report

Well, guess which one I missed - not being a man.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-03-15 20:20:25 -0500 Report

LOLOLOL I missed that one too. but not because I am not a man. I am not an insulin user so I don't know much about it.

camerashy 2014-03-15 20:29:19 -0500 Report

I use insulin, but my male roommate isn't diabetic, and we're only roommates in the first place. He did mention marriage one time, but I asked him if he'd bumped his head, and he never asked again.

aveedazane 2014-03-15 18:44:28 -0500 Report

I got 10 out of 10 - You'd think that I'd be good at controlling my sugar but I'm not. My blood sugar is always high. I have an addiction to pastries and sweets, can't stop, I've tried so hard but nothing seems to work; does anyone have any suggestions?

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-03-15 20:22:30 -0500 Report

Don't buy it is the best suggestion. I eat sweets and pastries but I make sure I test before I buy it or I buy it and eat it when I am going to be active. I went to a bead show today that requires a lot of walking so I had a donut this morning with coffee and a piece of left over chicken and had no problems with the donut.

camerashy 2014-03-15 20:09:11 -0500 Report

I have the same addiction . The way I got over it (and I really did) was to pig out on them for a week. I never wanted to see another one. I have to drive 2 miles to get a doughnut, which is really my weakness, and it just doesn't seem worth it.

OskiGirl 2014-03-15 18:08:15 -0500 Report

Would've been 10/10 but I answered one knowing it was generally wrong, but because I felt it was an overreaction for people like me (the going barefoot in the house). I have fairly mild type II that is under control, and my doctor is not worried about my feet at this stage. I realize that I am "luckier" than a lot of people, and I realize that things may change down the line, but I didn't like the all-or-nothing implication of the question. (I get blisters from hiking or running and they heal well.)

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-16 01:12:13 -0500 Report

OskiGirl, I almost missed that one too. Back when I was a kid I was told I was from the barefoot state and that we were all supposed to go bare footed. Where it is true a lot of us here do go bare foot, I learned when I got older that it is actually not know as the barefoot state but the natural state. I have type 2, also and I don't have any trouble with my feet yet, and yes at 62 I still go barefoot but only in the house. I do know that our feet are very important to take care of and that diabetes can cause complications with healing foot problems. I do have some other problems but so far not not with my feet.

jayabee52 2014-03-15 18:42:26 -0500 Report

Howdy Oski
I don't think it an over reaction to wear shoes or slippers with hard rubber soles. All it takes is a puncture wound which gets infected, and you can have a really hard time getting it healed. My T2D is, managed with my meal planning - no D meds, so mine may be seen as milder than some other PWDs, but I would never walk around my house without hard rubber soled slippers. I even wear water shoes when I get in the shower. (yeah, that last one may be a bit of over reaction). When it comes to my foot care, I really don't want to take chances.

God's best to you!


OskiGirl 2014-03-15 18:46:33 -0500 Report

Probably it is the rebel in me because I've always had the habit of taking off my shoes the minute I get home. I do carefully watch my feet for any problems, and so far I haven't seen any difference in the healing of minor cuts or blisters.

OskiGirl 2014-03-15 18:45:06 -0500 Report

Thanks Jayabee52. I may have to rethink my view on that. But, yes, the water-shoes are probably a bit much if what you are concerned about is puncture wounds! Can't think of much in my shower that would cause that. :-)

jayabee52 2014-03-15 23:14:54 -0500 Report

one of the reasons I am a bit obsessive about that is that my M.I.L. who was a serious D went about nher house in her bare feet sometimes. She stepped on a paperclip and one end stuck in her right foot and she didn't feel it at all since she'd lost feeling in her feet. Her circulation was quite low as well so not much blood. We had to watch her foot that she didn't get it infected. Fortunately no infection, but if she had it could have led to something worse.

(Her daughter and I lived in the same house with her at that time)

I admit that the water shoes are probably a bit much.

(and if you prefer, you may call me)

OskiGirl 2014-03-15 23:18:16 -0500 Report

That would be a scary wake-up call. I'm fortunate in that I have full feeling and good circulation. Still. But I'm going to talk to my doc. about it. Thanks!

jayabee52 2014-03-18 11:40:16 -0500 Report

I suppose the time you should worry about it, according to Dr would be AFTER you get an injury which could take your foot?

TRay043 2014-03-15 17:14:01 -0500 Report

Aced it, thanks for listing the quiz Jayabee52, now I need to see if I can find number 1 as I missed it somewhere along the way.

33suz 2014-03-15 17:01:31 -0500 Report

Love these quizzes, they help me to stay aware of how to work with my diabetes. Of course I wish I had never developed this illness, but I understand I can feel good with just a little effort on my part. I aced the quiz! Yay!! \U+128513