Type 2 diabetes is a gruelling health condition to manage. People who suffer from this condition have to constantly keep tabs on their blood sugar, prepare a healthy diet, read each and every food label, try to squeeze in daily exercise, and in some cases require daily medication. Add in an overload of contradictory advice and you may not be able to differentiate fact from fiction.
Because this condition is so common and can be quite serious, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions circling around about type 2 diabetes. Interested in finding out the truth? We’ve compiled a list of all the popular myths and uncovered what the truth is behind them.
1. Diabetes Isn’t That Serious
There is a common misconception that diabetes isn’t all that serious and it might stem from the fact that we don’t often hear about people passing away from this condition, or maybe it’s because it’s so common that we’ve become desensitized by it. Either way, the factual answer is that diabetes is a serious condition. In fact, the American Diabetes Association writes, “diabetes causes more deaths per year than breast cancer and AIDS combined, and having diabetes nearly doubles your chance of having a heart attack.” Thankfully, diabetes can also be a somewhat manageable condition by adopting healthier lifestyle choices with exercise and diet.