At Suma Home Care, educating our clients about their health is a top priority. One service our skilled nurses provide is Diabetes Disease Management, in which they provide knowledge and coaching to help our clients better their lives. Diabetes is a widely misunderstood disease, and there are a lot of misconceptions out there. Here, we tackle some of those myths.

MYTH – Diabetes is a fatal disease.

Diabetes is a serious disease, but it can be controlled with proper lifestyle changes. Patients who are willing to eat well and exercise more can live long, normal lives, as long as they prioritize their health. With the knowledge of our skilled nurses, we help our clients to make those changes and stick to them.

MYTH – Diabetes is caused by sugar consumption.

Type 1 Diabetes occurs when the pancreas stops producing insulin altogether, a hormone that aids the body in using glucose for energy. The cause is unknown, but research suggests that both genetics and environmental factors play a role. Type 2 Diabetes occurs when the body cannot produce sufficient insulin, or cannot use it the way it should. It generally occurs in people who are overweight, over 40, and have a genetic predisposition for diabetes. Neither type is caused by excessive sugar consumption.

MYTH – Only overweight people have diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetes has no connection to body weight. While being overweight is a risk factor for Type 2 Diabetes, the majority of overweight people will not develop diabetes, and there are plenty of people with type 2 diabetes who are a normal weight.

Diabetes is a serious disease, but it is not the end of the world. With proper education and guidance it can be managed, and you can live a long and healthy life.