5. July 2011 04:58
1. You Can’t Have Sweets Anymore
FALSE. Yes, you can have sweets! You just need to learn how to do it. Enjoying sweets can be part of a healthy meal plan. Do you have a meal plan or have your learned how to count carbs? If not, meet with a registered dietitian (RD) or a certified diabetes educator (CDE) to learn how. Click here to find a CDE near you.
2. Type 1 Diabetes is the ‘Bad’ Diabetes
FALSE. There is no ‘bad’ diabetes. One type is not worse than the other. Some people think that because they don’t have type 1 diabetes that they don’t have to take it as seriously. Really, the ‘bad’ diabetes would be any one whose blood sugars are not controlled. You can even have type 2 diabetes and be on pills, but if your sugars are not consistently controlled, it can lead to long term complications. So, it doesn’t matter if you are on insulin, or pills, or diet controlled. What matters is the level of your blood sugar.
3. Diabetes is not that serious.
FALSE. Diabetes causes more deaths than breast cancer and AIDS COMBINED! Just about everyone knows someone with diabetes or have it in their family. Diabetes is not always visible and a great deal of the damage caused by high sugars does not show up right away. Long term complications can take a couple years to develop and then can affect someone’s quality of life forever. Diabetes needs to be taken seriously by controlling the blood sugar by whatever means possible.
CDE link - http://www.diabeteseducator.org/DiabetesEducation/Find.html