• Saket Agarwal

Diabetes- myths & facts

You shouldn’t eat sugary foods, you will get ill you are diabetic and etc. There are a number of myths about diabetes that are all too commonly reported as facts. These misrepresentations of diabetes can sometimes be harmful and lead to an unfair stigma around the condition.

It can be hard to know what is accurate, so this blog aims to highlight the top ten of the most common diabetes myths.



MYTH 1: PEOPLE WITH DIABETES CAN’T EAT SUGAR

This is one of the most common diabetes myths; that people with the condition have to eat a sugar-free diet.

People with diabetes need to eat a diet that is balanced, which can include some sugar in moderation.

People with diabetes can eat sugar.


MYTH 2: TYPE 2 DIABETES IS MILD

This diabetes myth is widely repeated, but of course it isn’t true.

No form of diabetes is mild.

If type 2 diabetes is poorly managed it can lead to serious (even life-threatening) complications.


MYTH 3: TYPE 2 DIABETES ONLY AFFECTS FAT PEOPLE


Around 20% of people with type 2 diabetes are of a normal weight, or underweight.


MYTH 4: PEOPLE WITH DIABETES GO BLIND AND LOSE THEIR LEGS

Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness and also causes many amputations each year.


MYTH 5: PEOPLE WITH DIABETES SHOULDN’T PLAY SPORT

High-prominence diabetic sportsmen and women have disproved this diabetes myth. People with diabetes should take part in exercise to maintain a healthy lifestyle.


MYTH 6: PEOPLE WITH DIABETES CAN’T DO MANY JOBS

Having diabetes won’t stop you from having a job and with the improvements that have been made in treatment of diabetes, the number of jobs that people with diabetes are ineligible for is now very small.

The armed forces is one profession which may prevent people with diabetes from entering specific roles, such as front line service, but many other positions will be accessible.


MYTH 7: PEOPLE WITH DIABETES ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE ILL


People with diabetes are not more likely to have colds or other illnesses. The significance of illness for people with diabetes is that it can make the management of blood glucose levels more difficult which can increase the severity of an illness or infection.


MYTH 8: DIABETES IS CONTAGIOUS

Something of a classic playground myth, diabetes cannot be caught off someone else.

The only way in which diabetes can be passed on is from parents to their own children but even this is only a genetic likelihood of diabetes and not the condition itself.


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