Life with diabetes can be complex, but there are myths that need to be broken. Help us set the record straight and educate the world about living with diabetes.
Myth #1: Taking Insulin Means You Have The "Bad" Diabetes
Truth: Bad diabetes is uncontrolled diabetes, whether someone takes insulin or diabetes pills. It is the high blood sugars over time that leads to the diabetic complications such as blindness, neuropathy, kidney failure, heart attacks, strokes, hearing loss, etc. Whether you are taking pills, insulin or a combination of the two, but your blood sugar levels are consistently high, talk to your diabetes doctor or healthcare provider to develop strategies to reduce your blood sugar levels, and your chances of complications.
Myth #2: Being Overweight Means You Have Or Will Hve diabetes
Truth: Extra weight does not cause diabetes, however extra weight can increase the chances of developing diabetes. There are many people that are overweight and do not have diabetes.
Myth #3: If You Have Diabetes, Then You Cannot Eat Sugary Foods
Truth: Research has shown that when grams of carbohydrate are equal, the source of carbohydrate, sugar versus starch, is not the major factor in determining the effect of the food on blood glucose levels. When consumed in a mixed meal, sugar does not produce a more rapid rise or higher peak in blood glucose levels than other starches or carbohydrates.
Myth #4: People With Diabetes Are More Likely To Get Colds And Other Illnesses
Truth: You are no more likely to get a cold or another illness if you have diabetes. However, people with diabetes are advised to get flu shots. This is because any illness can make diabetes more difficult to control, and people with diabetes who do get the flu are more likely than others to go on to develop serious complications.
Myth #5: Diabetes Is Not That Serious Of A Disease
Truth: Diabetes causes more deaths a year than breast cancer and AIDS combined. Having diabetes nearly doubles your chance of having a heart attack. The good news is that good diabetes control can reduce your risk of complications.
Myth #6: Diabetes Is Always Easy To Control
Truth: Diabetes is a complex disease due to several factors that affect blood sugar. Stable blood sugar levels are related to much more than just what and when someone eats. A person with diabetes that is trying to take care of the diabetes cannot always control factors such as stress or illness.
Myth #7: If You Have Type 2 Diabetes And Your Doctor Says You Need To Start Using Insulin, You're Not Taking Care Of Your Diabetes Properly
Truth: Often type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease. Over time the pancreas makes less and less insulin and the diabetes medications alone can no longer keep the blood sugars at a good level. Taking insulin to keep the blood sugars levels healthy is a good thing, not a bad thing.
Are You At Risk?
Take a quiz or download our free diabetes guide to find out if you have some of the risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes.