Common Type 2 Diabetes Myths
There are so many myths and misconceptions about type 2 diabetes. Many can lead to hurtful, frustrating conversations and experiences for those with type 2 diabetes, and can promote the stigma surrounding type 2 diabetes. We’re busting some of the most common myths, and providing the facts. Share this with friends, family, acquaintances, anyone, and help promote type 2 diabetes awareness!
Myth: Eating too much sugar causes diabetes.
Fact: Type 2 diabetes is thought to result from a combination of genetic susceptibility, lifestyle, and risk factors.
For more information on the causes of type 2 diabetes, see here: https://type2diabetes.com/causes/
Myth: Type 2 diabetes is not a serious disease.
Fact: Type 2 diabetes is a serious health problem with serious consequences and possible complications.
For more information on the complications that may arise from type 2 diabetes, see here: https://type2diabetes.com/complications/
Myth: If you are overweight or obese, you will eventually develop type 2 diabetes.
Fact: Being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, but it alone is not the cause of type 2 diabetes.
For more information on the environmental factors that may increase one’s risk of type 2 diabetes, see here: https://type2diabetes.com/causes/environmental-factors/#
Myth: Diabetes will not improve unless you lose a lot of weight.
Fact: Even losing a modest amount of weight if needed can help your diabetes improve.
For more on reaching and maintaining a healthy weight, see here: https://type2diabetes.com/diet-nutrition/healthy-weight/
Myth: If you have diabetes, you can’t enjoy food.
Fact: While you may have to adapt your eating plan, there are many delicious foods and recipes that you can enjoy!
For delicious diabetes-friendly recipes, see here: https://type2diabetes.com/recipes/
Myth: If you have type 2 diabetes, you can no longer have any carbohydrates.
Fact: While carbohydrate tolerance varies by individual, carbohydrates play an important role in our diet. Intake should be monitored and spread throughout the day as discussed with one’s healthcare provider.
For more on carbohydrates, see here: https://type2diabetes.com/q-and-a/how-many-carbs-should-i-eat/