Myths & Truths About Diabetes
Do you ever find yourself questioning what is and isn’t true about diabetes? Don’t worry–we break down 8 common myths about diabetes for you below.
Diabetes doesn’t run in my family, so I’m safe.
The Truth: While genetics does play a role, people can get Type 2 Diabetes by making unhealthy lifestyle choices. To minimize your risk, be sure to maintain healthy eating habits and exercise regularly.
I’m not overweight–so I won’t get diabetes.
The Truth: Though maintaining a healthy weight can dramatically cut the risk of getting diabetes, genetics can still play a part.
Only adults get Type 2 Diabetes.
The Truth: While this was the norm in the past, Type 2 is becoming much more prominent in the younger population because of rising childhood obesity rates.
Gestational diabetes is only a problem while you are pregnant.
The Truth: While gestational diabetes typically occurs during the pregnancy and then stops when you are no longer pregnant, it puts you at a much larger risk for developing Type 2 in the future. To reduce this risk, please consult your doctor about dietary and exercise changes that can be made.
Diabetes is irreversible.
The Truth: While this was once thought to be true, there have been documented cases that with extreme weight loss and a dramatic change in eating habits, Type 2 diabetes can sometimes be reversed.
Cinnamon can help cure diabetes.
The Truth: Cinnamon has shown to reduce blood sugar and cholesterol levels, but not A1C. Make sure you’re talking with your doctor to see if you’re on the best care regimen.
If I take insulin, I don’t have to worry about my diet.
The Truth: Insulin works with the food that you take in, therefore your insulin will work much more effectively with a healthy diet.
Fruit juice is better for me than soda.
The Truth: While fruit juice might have more nutritional value than soda, it is still extremely high in sugar content and should only be consumed in moderation.
There are many misconceptions surrounding diabetes, from it being impossible to be diagnosed with as a child to cinnamon being able to cure it. Diabetes is extremely complicated, and everyone should make sure they can separate fact from fiction.
Disclaimer Statement: This is for educational purposes only and not intended as medical advice. For individual medical advice, contact your healthcare practitioner.