While there is a lot of information about Type-1 Diabetes out there, not all of it is based on well-documented facts. Following bad advice may actually harm an individual with Type-1 Diabetes, so it’s a great idea to consult your diabetes care team if you come across information that sounds too good to be true, or doesn’t quite seem right. In an effort to bust myths surrounding Type-1 Diabetes, we have listed the most common myths about Type-1 Diabetes, and discussed their reality:
Myth #1: Consuming Too Much Sugar Causes Type-1 Diabetes
Not really! Type-1 Diabetes occurs when the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin - which controls the level of glucose in the bloodstream - are destroyed. How much sugar a person eats is not related to this process, and therefore has nothing to do with causing Type-1 Diabetes.
Myth#2: You Can Catch Diabetes From Someone Who Has It
Although we are yet to find out why exactly some people develop Type-1 Diabetes, what we do know is that you cannot catch it from another person. Diabetes is in no way contagious, and as far as Type-1 goes, is more likely to develop in a family with a history of the condition.
Myth #3: People with Type-1 Diabetes Can Never Eat Sweets
If combined with exercise, or eaten as a part of a healthy meal plan, people with Type-1 Diabetes can eat desserts and sweets. However, they should not indulge in sweets, and just save them for special occasions so they can focus on eating foods that are more healthful.
Myth#4: People with Diabetes Can Tell When Their Blood Sugar is High or Low
No. You might feel certain symptoms, such as fatigue or weakness, if your blood sugar is high or low, but the only way to find out your blood sugar level is to test it regularly. If you do not, you may have high blood sugar levels, which is enough to damage your body, without you even knowing it!
Myth #5: Insulin Cures Diabetes
Type-1 diabetes is a medical condition that is managed with the help of insulin, but it does not actually cure it. Sure, it helps to move glucose out of the blood, and helps keep blood sugar under control, but it doesn’t make the diabetes go away.
Myth #6: People with Diabetes Can't Exercise
Not true! Exercise is important for people of all ages, whether they have diabetes or not. Regular exercise has several benefits. Not only does it help to keep your weight under control, but is also good for your lungs and heart, and relieves stress. Moreover, exercise is helpful for managing blood sugar, but you should talk to your diabetes care team to discuss which exercise you need to go with.
And that’s about it! Now that you know what is true and what is not, you will be able to better manage Type-1 Diabetes better and stay healthy.