An amazing amount of research has been done surrounding diabetes and its causes, and those results are released to the public with regularity. However, despite this, there are still many myths surrounding diabetes that should be cleared up.
The first myth is that diabetes is contagious. Diabetes is not contagious at all. It can, however, be inherited through blood lines. Developing something genetically is not the same thing as catching something that is contagious. You cannot “catch” diabetes from someone who has it.
The second-most popular myth is that people who have diabetes have to cut all sweets and sugar out of their diets. This isn’t so. People who have diabetes can eat sweets, but they must limit them — just as people who do not have diabetes should limit them in order to be healthy. Most diabetics who are overweight, however, often forego sugar as part of a weight loss plan — just like anyone else. It is also believed that people who are diabetic have to eat special “diabetic” foods. This isn’t true. They eat the same healthy foods that anyone else eats.
The causes of diabetes are also fodder for myths. It is not true that eating sugar leads to diabetes. Being overweight, or genetically disposed to diabetes, leads to diabetes. Other health problems can also contribute to the development of diabetes.
Another common myth is that people with diabetes are more susceptible to catching contagious illnesses, such as a cold or the flu. This isn’t true. They are no more susceptible to catching the cold or flu than anyone else.
If you have diabetes, and someone asks you about one of these myths, be sure to politely correct them. Dispelling these myths with just one person is a step toward educating everyone about diabetes. If you’ve believed any of these myths about diabetes, make it your business to get as much actual data as you can about the disease, so that you aren’t fooled by any other myths concerning diabetes.