Dr. Thaddeus Bell, family practice physician, talks about having "sugar" or diabetes and some of the misconceptions and myths.
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Question: What are the myths about sugar? Dr. Thaddeus Bell: We hear myths about sugar all the time and I want to make sure that folk understand that among African Americans particularly those who live in the area or the country -- like this and that's in Charleston, South Carolina we don't use the word diabetes, we talk about sugar. So, I may use those two words together. Okay but there are certain myths that have been perpetuated by African Americans as it is related to sugar that often times cause a confusion and also cause the patient not to be compliant and under good control when it relates to sugar. One of the ones that I always talk about and that is a very common myth is that people will go ask other people who have diabetes or sugar, what are they doing for their sugar thinking that if you have sugar then you must know how to treat it. So, it is a myth that people who have sugar know all that they need to know and can give good information to other people who have sugar. So, I would recommend that if you do have sugar that you get to your information from the dietician and you get your information from the physician but not from the cousin or from the uncle or sister that had sugar because they very well may have very bad information and the information very well might be up to date.