Separating truth from misinformation about diabetes can be challenging due to the existence of numerous myths. To clarify these misunderstandings, we have debunked some of the most common ones:
Myth: Diabetes is not serious. Fact: All types of diabetes are serious and can lead to complications if not well-managed.
Myth: All types of diabetes are the same. Fact: There are several types of diabetes, including type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes, each with different causes and management.
Myth: Diabetes can be prevented. Fact: Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented and there is no cure. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented in up to 58% of cases through prevention programs.
Myth: Only overweight or obese people get type 2 diabetes. Fact: Being overweight or obese is a risk factor but not a direct cause.
Myth: Only young people get type 1 diabetes. Fact: Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age, but most commonly occurs in people under 30 or over 30.
Myth: Only older people get type 2 diabetes. Fact: Type 2 diabetes can occur at any age, but is most common in adults over 45 years.
Myth: People with diabetes can’t eat dessert. Fact: Sweets and desserts can be eaten in moderation as part of a healthy meal plan combined with exercise.
Myth: People with type 1 diabetes can’t participate in sports or exercise. Fact: People with type 1 diabetes can participate in sports and exercise.
Myth: Family history doesn’t affect risk of type 2 diabetes. Fact: Family history is one of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes.
Myth: People with diabetes are unsafe drivers. Fact: Most drivers who use insulin can drive safely.
Myth: Only people with type 1 diabetes need insulin. Fact: Around 50% of people with type 2 diabetes will eventually need insulin. People with type 1 diabetes need insulin replacements every day.