Diabetes Myth Busters

January 27, 2014

Myth

Fact

It’s possible to have a “touch of sugar” No. A “touch of sugar” means you don’t have diabetes. You either have it or you don’t.
People with diabetes have to follow a special diet People with diabetes benefit from the same healthy food that is good for anyone else – plenty of whole grains and fruits and vegetables, with a limited amount of fat and refined sugar
You have to lose a lot of weight for your diabetes to improve Losing 10-15lbs can significantly improve your blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol
Diabetes doesn’t run in my family, so I’m safe

 

Family history is only one of several risk factors for type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes is caused by eating too much sugar Type 2 is caused by genetic 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.
People with type 2 diabetes, who need insulin, are in serious trouble. Type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease, and most people with it eventually need insulin. By using insulin to keep diabetes in control, people with type 2 can often avoid complications and lead a healthy life.
People with diabetes can’t perform certain jobs. People with diabetes have rights, and federal laws prohibit discriminations against workers with diabetes.