3 Common Myths About Living with Diabetes Debunked*

by Nikki LLL Blog, April 27, 2022

Diabetes is a very common disease, but strangely, it is one of the most misunderstood. A lot of what people think they know about diabetes comes from hearsay and horror stories. They then start imagining all sorts of scenarios when they get a diagnosis and think that everything in their life is about to change. But most of the fears people have about living with diabetes are unfounded and unwarranted. Let’s take a look at some of the myths about diabetes that should be dispelled right away.

3 Common Myths About Living with Diabetes Debunked

You Will Need to Take Insulin for the Rest of Your Life

This is one of the most widespread myths about diabetes, but it’s an understandable one. Some people will indeed need to supplement with insulin, but that's only if they have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is caused by an inability to produce insulin, while type 2 diabetes is when people cannot produce enough, or the supply is irregular. This is why the two types of diabetes are treated differently. If you have type 2 diabetes, then know that treatment is not as intrusive. You can learn more about the types of diabetes medication here. 

Excess Sugar is the Cause of Diabetes

A lot of people assume that eating too much sugar is the main reason for getting diabetes, but that's not necessarily the case. Type 1 diabetes, for instance, is hereditary and is actually an immune disease disorder. What causes type 1 diabetes is immune cells destroying insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Things become a bit trickier with type 2 diabetes, however. While sugar will not directly cause it, obesity will. So, if you have a sweet tooth, make sure that you keep it manageable so that it doesn’t lead to a major weight increase.

Diabetics Have a Long List of Forbidden Foods

While you will need to make adjustments to your diet as a diabetic, you don’t necessarily have to remove half of the foods you used to enjoy. There is really nothing that you can’t have as a diabetic; you will just need to be careful. There are a few high sugar fruits that you may need to avoid like pineapple, for instance, and you might have to switch white grains for whole grains. You may also want to switch to artificial sweeteners and keep the amount of fried food you consume to a minimum. Besides that, you won't need to spend too much time monitoring what's on your plate.

There are tons of things people get wrong about diabetes, and if you have been entertaining any of those myths, we hope we were able to clarify things for you. Take the time to learn about the disease in detail, and don’t hesitate to speak with a professional if you have any questions.

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