November is Diabetes Awareness Month
Diabetes Myths from the Centers of Disease Control
Diabetes is a complex disease. You may have heard conflicting theories on what causes it, how it is diagnosed, and how it is managed. If you are affected by diabetes, you will want the truth about the disease. Here are some COMMON MYTHS ABOUT DIABETES that you may have heard:
-There is no diabetes in my family, so I don’t have to worry.
-It’s called sugar diabetes, so it must come from the sugar I eat.
-I’ll know that I have diabetes by my symptoms.
-My doctor says I have “borderline” diabetes. Since I have just a “touch of sugar,” I don’t have to worry.
-By drinking water, I can wash away the extra sugar in my blood and cure my diabetes.
-Insulin is a cure for diabetes.
-My friend takes insulin pills to control her diabetes.
-If I don’t take diabetes medicine, my diabetes must not be serious.
-If I get diabetes, I will never be able to eat any sugar.
-I have diabetes, and I’ve seen its effect on family members. I know there is nothing I can do about it.