Diabetes Myths and Facts

Diabetes is such a popular topic online, especially for Hispanics and Latinos since they have a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. There is so much information; so many times people don’t know what to believe. The American Diabetes Association is the best organization and source for diabetes information that helps dispel myths.ThinkstockPhotos-487677664

According to the American Diabetes Association, these are some of the myths and facts about diabetes, a disease that affects 1.25 million Americans and 371 million people worldwide.

Myth

Diabetes is not a serious disease.

Fact Diabetes causes more deaths a year than breast cancer and AIDS combined. Having diabetes nearly doubles your chance of having a heart attack. The good news is that good diabetes control can reduce your risks for diabetes complications.

Myth

Diabetes is caused by eating too much sugar.

Fact Type 1 diabetes is caused by genetics and unknown factors that trigger its onset; type 2 is caused by genetics and lifestyle factors. Being overweight increases your risk for developing type 2, and a diet high in calories from any source contributes to weight gain. Research has shown that sugary drinks are linked to type 2 diabetes.

Myth

People with diabetes are more likely to get colds and other illnesses.

Fact You are no more likely to get sick if you have diabetes. However, an illness can make your diabetes more difficult to control.

Myth

Women with diabetes shouldn’t get pregnant.

Fact Women who manage their diabetes well can have a normal pregnancy and give birth to a healthy baby.

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People with diabetes can feel when their blood glucose level goes too low. 

Fact Not always. Some people cannot feel or recognize the symptoms of low blood glucose, or hypoglycemia, which can be dangerous.

Myth
It’s possible to have “just a touch” or “a little” diabetes.

Fact There is no such thing. Everyone who has diabetes runs the risk of serious complications.