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Diabetes Myths

Diabetes Myths

Diabetes Myths

By American Diabetes Association

Myth: Diabetes is not that serious a disease.

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: If you are overweight or obese, you will eventually develop type 2 diabetes.

Being overweight is a risk factor for developing this disease, but other risk factors such as family history, ethnicity and age also play a role.

Myth: Eating too much sugar causes diabetes.

The answer is not so simple. Type 1 diabetes is caused by genetics and unknown factors that trigger the onset of the disease; type 2 diabetes is caused by genetics and lifestyle factors.

Myth: If you have type 2 diabetes and your doctor puts you on insulin, it means you are failing to take care of your diabetes properly.

For most people, type 2 diabetes is a progressive disease. When first diagnosed, many people with type 2 diabetes can keep their blood glucose at a healthy level with oral medications. But over time, the body gradually produces less and less of its own insulin, and eventually oral medications may not be enough to keep blood glucose levels normal.
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