Causes of diabetes and other myths - page 2

There is this belief among the Hispanic community (and perhaps other sections of the population) that diabetes is caused by a susto (scare) or coraje (anger). I've heard time a time again from... Read More

  1. by   HeatherB,CST
    Just a little observation, and a pet peeve of mine. I recently moved to the south, and I noticed that many older southern folks refer to diabetes as "THE diabetes", "the sugar diabetes", or just "the sugar". As in, "I can't eat dessert, I have the diabetes/the sugar diabetes/the sugar." I find it very annoying, but oddly charming at the same time...:icon_roll
  2. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from CSTwannabe
    Just a little observation, and a pet peeve of mine. I recently moved to the south, and I noticed that many older southern folks refer to diabetes as "THE diabetes", "the sugar diabetes", or just "the sugar". As in, "I can't eat dessert, I have the diabetes/the sugar diabetes/the sugar." I find it very annoying, but oddly charming at the same time...:icon_roll
    I think it is an elderly thing . . . they say it here in Northern CA too. I find it charming and a bit annoying.

    We have a large Indian population here too. Almost all very overweight. Diabetic. Many of the men have alcohol problems.

    steph
  3. by   NTPinky
    When I was doing gestational diabetes education with mostly Spanish-speaking patients, many of them asked me if stress caused their diabetes. I also had a couple of patients whose mothers told them to drink sweet juices to help "clear out" the sugar from their bodies! I've also heard of some being told to drink their own urine (I heard this among both Latinas and Middle Eastern women).

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