Debunking Some Myths and Misconceptions of Diabetes

by Mark Benson on October 17, 2011

Diabetes Myths and Misconceptions

Diabetes is a life long condition and many individual diabetics have their own personalized account of how to manage the disease. These stories have become the source of many myths and misconceptions of this condition and have lead many astray regarding proper care and management of the disease resulting in greater complications.

These myths and misconceptions can only be debunked through proper discussion and increased awareness on the proper techniques regarding the disease. These myths are as follows:

Myth 1: Eating sugar or sweets is the cause of diabetes.

Reality: Diabetes is not caused by the sugar but how the body properly metabolizes the calories from the sugar ingested. The increased retention of these calories is what results in obesity and as the increased calorie retention taxes the ability of the body to produce the hormone insulin. When this is combined with a sedentary lifestyle, the condition called adult onset diabetes or Type 2 diabetes develops. So, it’s not just the sugar, it’s how the body utilizes the increased caloric intake.

Myth 2: Only fat people get diabetes.

Reality: While it is true that fat people get diabetes, they are not the only ones that can develop diabetes. One form of diabetes is called juvenile diabetes or Type 1. This is a genetically hereditary condition where the body is does not produce the hormone insulin or rejects the hormone insulin it produces. Since this is a genetic disease, being thin or fat has no factor in developing diabetes.

Myth 3: There is no treatment for Type 2 diabetes.

Reality: While diabetes is a condition that has no known cure as of yet, there are ways to lower the risk or properly manage once an individual has been diagnosed with it. When an individual has a genetic propensity to develop diabetes or risk factors that would contribute to the development of the disease. In knowing this through a thorough medical check-up, one can be properly advised to prevent the onset of the condition. If the individual has been diagnosed with the condition, then the medical professional can provide medical advice on how to manage the disease to prevent complications.

Myth 4: Insulin injections mean it is the beginning of the end.

Reality: Many patients think that insulin injections mean that their condition is beyond help. This is not true as injections are just a means of delivering the necessary insulin when oral medications cannot provide the body’s needs. It has also been found that insulin injections lower the strain on insulin-producing cells. Also, the injection regimen need not be permanent as lifestyle changes can provide the necessary help in managing diabetes.

These four basic myths are what need to be debunked to provide individuals the correct knowledge and information about diabetes. When one hears myths about diabetes, it would be best to confirm them with your doctor to keep your mind at ease and your body healthy.


The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of the DiabetesForum.com Community and should not be interpreted as medical advice. Please see your doctor before making any changes to your diabetes management plan.

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Andy Beveridge November 2, 2011 at 11:34 am

Horrified to watch the absolute rubbish on food hospital program on UK television last night. They talked constantly about reversing diabetes through diet. They even demonstrated by taking a 24st man who had high blood glucose levels and placing him on a diet of 800 calories a day. The result was his levels returned to normal. Hey presto diabetes reversed.
The next false statement was that diabetes is caused by diet and being overweight.

Utter rubbish by so called experts.

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R.K.Sarma November 20, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Can some body throw light on the new non-invasive pressure injector? Can I start using it for my insulin shots?
R.K.Sarma

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