Diabetes is a serious disease that, if left untreated or ignored, can have very serious health consequences, from loss of eyesight to amputation and even death. The good news is that managing diabetes isn’t that difficult, so long as you have a thorough understanding of the disease, how it affects you in particular, and the lifestyle changes required to keep you feeling and looking healthy.
Part of that education about diabetes involves learning the myths and facts about this increasingly prevalent disease. Now, let’s take a look at some crucial and surprisingly popular myths pertaining to diabetes.
1. It’s Caused by Consuming Too Much Sugar
Many people believe that, in the same way working in a coal mine without protection can cause lung cancer, eating too much sugar leads to diabetes. But the emergence of diabetes is usually far more complicated than that and depends on a variety of factors, including fitness level, family health history, and other health matters affecting an individual.
In truth, eating too much sugar tends to lead to one becoming overweight and possibly obese, conditions that can, but may not always, lead to the development of type 2 diabetes. But that remains simply an association and excessive consumption of sugar can’t be directly linked to the emergence of diabetes. As for type 1 diabetes, it typically develops at birth, so it has virtually nothing to do with sugar.