In honor of World Diabetes Day, we want to help raise awareness by dispelling some common myths about diabetes!
MYTH: All people with type 2 diabetes are overweight
REALITY: Being overweight increases your risk of developing type 2, but not all overweight people have diabetes. There are many other factors to consider including physical activity, family history, ethnicity and age.
MYTH: Diabetes is caused by eating sugar
REALITY: Sugar can contribute to weight gain which does increase your risk for type 2. However type 1 is caused by genetics and unknown triggers whereas type 2 is triggered by a combo of genetic and lifestyle factors.
MYTH: Type 2 diabetes can always be prevented
REALITY: A healthy lifestyle and dietary choices can significantly reduce your risk of diabetes; however genetics still play a big role. If you have a family history of diabetes you have a higher risk compared to someone without.
MYTH: Diabetes is a disease that progressively gets worse
REALITY: If you work with your healthcare team to learn about diabetes and how to manage your blood sugar along with working to make healthful lifestyle choices you can minimize your chances of complications.
MYTH: People with diabetes cannot eat sugar anymore
REALITY: All foods can be eaten when you use moderation. Consult with a dietitian and your healthcare team to find a meal plan that keeps your blood sugar regulated while still allowing some of your favorite indulgences.
MYTH: Diabetes is not a serious disease
REALITY: According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes causes more deaths per year than breast cancer and AIDS combined, and having diabetes nearly doubles your chance of having a heart attack. The bright side is that with proper management of diabetes you can significantly reduce your risk for complications.
MYTH: You can cure Type 2 diabetes with a miracle pill, drink, or natural remedy
REALITY: There is no cure for diabetes at this time. With proper diabetes management and a healthy diet and lifestyle it is possible for some people to live without many symptoms. However this is directly attributed to diligent monitoring of your blood sugar levels and consistent healthful choices in your diet and exercise. If you lessen or stop managing your diabetes the symptoms and possible complications would return. Keep in mind that every person is different and it is important to work with your healthcare team to best manage your symptoms and any complications you may experience.