There’s a lot of information about diabetes out there. There’s also a lot of misinformation. It can be hard to figure out what to trust. Read on for the truth behind some of the most common diabetes myths.
Myth 1: People with diabetes can’t eat carbs.
Fact: It’s okay to eat carbs if you have diabetes. A balanced plate includes protein, fat, and carbs. Eating this way can help you manage your blood sugar. What does count is the amount of carbs you eat. Schedule a session with a Livongo coach to come up with a plan that works for you. If you’re interested in a low-carb plan, read our guide for more information.
Myth 2: I have diabetes because I’m overweight.
Fact: Weight is not the only reason people have type 2 diabetes. Many people living with diabetes are at a healthy weight. Other reasons include family history, age, ethnicity, and activity level.
Myth 3: Starting insulin or needing more meds means I’ve failed.
Fact: Diabetes changes over time. Sometimes treatment plans only work for a while. Making a change to your meds could be the change you need to stay healthy. If you’re feeling unsure, ask your doctor for more information.
Myth 4: People with diabetes lose their limbs or go blind.
Fact: Diabetes-related amputation and blindness do not have to happen. You can prevent complications by following your care plan to keep your blood sugar in range. Visiting your doctor regularly can also help you stay well.
Myth 5: Diabetes is managed by your lifestyle choices.
Fact: There is no one way to manage diabetes. Some may be able to keep blood sugar in range with lifestyle choices. Others may benefit from meds. Healthy eating, regular activity, and meds all play important roles.
Myth 6: I have to eat differently than my family and friends.
Fact: You can eat the same foods as people who do not have diabetes. Healthy eating is healthy eating, whether you have diabetes or not.
Myth 7: Diabetes is reversible.
Fact: It is possible to bring your blood sugar to a normal range. However, this doesn’t mean that you no longer have diabetes. This tells you that you are doing a good job at managing diabetes.