The Truth behind Diabetes

Some common misconceptions about diabetes and uncovering the truth around them. An infographics that shows some statistics and the Truth Behind Diabetes.

No matter how many useful resources there are on the internet, many misconceptions surround a well known disease. As my team did research for our diabetes guide, we saw this to be true for diabetes also. There are two big misconceptions that we saw over and over again and we felt it was important to provide the facts about them.

The first misconception surrounds the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Many believe that these are similar forms, when they are actually very different.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease where the pancreas is unable to produce the insulin hormone. Although some refer to it as juvenile diabetes, the truth is that this form of diabetes can develop at any age. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body becomes insulin resistant and is unable to produce enough insulin to maintain normal blood sugar levels. Although this is often referred to as adult onset diabetes, children can develop Type 2 diabetes as well. Genetic and lifestyle factors play a strong role in determining whether one develops Type 2 diabetes. These two factors don’t play a significant role in determining whether one develops Type 1 diabetes.

Another big misconception is that both forms of diabetes are reversible.

The American Diabetes Association estimates that a majority of people with diabetes, roughly 95%, have Type 2. People with Type 2 diabetes can reduce, or even eliminate their need for insulin with lifestyle changes that include proper eating habits, regular exercise and maintaining an optimal weight. However, the disease never really goes away. Those with Type 1 diabetes will require insulin until a cure is found.

These are some common misconceptions surrounding diabetes that can be hurtful to those who have the disease. Those with the disease don’t appreciate general stereotypes and it’s important to be respectful of their condition and their wishes. Knowing the truth can also help you diagnose or notice the disease in yourself, family or friends quicker. Early detection of diabetes increases the chances of maintaining a productive and healthy life even with the disease.

Before sharing or acting on any information about a medical condition, it’s important to know the facts behind the disease. It is extremely important to consult a medical doctor before you take any action. Information on this site or in this article is of a general nature and a trained medical professional should be consulted before any medical action is taken.

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