The diabetes myths buster

Myth 1: Diabetes is contageous

WRONG! There are many myths about diabetes. Unlike other chronic diseases, you can't catch diabetes from another person like you would a virus. The only connection to another person would be through genetics.

Myth 2: You've got diabetes because you ate too much sweets

WRONG! Some people think that people get diabetes by eating too much sugar or sweet treats. This isn't true because all foods we eat, including breads and pastas, turn into glucose during digestion. People who have diabetes can still have the occasional piece of chocolate or cake. However, they must monitor the amount they eat and make sure they are eating a well balanced diet and getting plenty of exercise.

Myth 3: People get diabetes because they are obese.

WRONG! Another myth is that only obese people get diabetes. While it is true that people who are obese have a higher risk of Type 2 diabetes or gestational diabetes, people who are a little overweight and do not exercise or eat right can also be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Children who are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes may not be overweight at all.