Chapter 17

Debunking Diabetes Myths

IN THIS CHAPTER

check Considering what you should and shouldn’t eat

check Seeing the truth about your susceptibility to illness

check Remembering that taking insulin doesn’t equal failure

check Understanding how serious diabetes is

Myths and misconceptions about diabetes are everywhere! Myths are problematic because they’re widely held beliefs that are actually false. Misconceptions are equally problematic because they’re incorrect assumptions based on faulty reasoning or ideas. False and incorrect are the key points here.

When myths and misconceptions spread about disorders such as diabetes, it’s hurtful and unproductive. Perhaps it’s because so many people are affected by type 2 diabetes that those falsehoods have such a big impact. Maybe it’s because individuals manage their own diabetes, so those incorrect ideas and judgments seem personal. Or perhaps it’s because those myths and misconceptions make it appear that having type 2 diabetes is somehow a choice.

In fact, type 2 diabetes is not a choice, according to the American Diabetes Association. The Association and ...

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