Diabetes UK Clinical Advisor, Libby Dowling, dispels some of the most common diabetes myths...

 

Myth 1: Type 2 diabetes is a mild form of diabetes
There is no such thing as a mild form of diabetes. All forms of diabetes are serious and, left untreated or poorly controlled, can lead to serious complications.


Myth 2: People with diabetes cannot eat sugar
Having diabetes does not mean you have to eat a sugar-free diet. To manage their condition well people with diabetes should follow a healthy balanced diet that is low in fat, salt and sugar.


Myth 3: People with diabetes should eat 'diabetic' foods
People with diabetes should avoid foods labelled as “Diabetic” as are generally expensive high in fat, and calories and can cause diarrhoea.

 
Myth 4: It's not safe to drive if you have diabetes
Providing you are responsible and have good control of your diabetes, research shows that people with diabetes are no less safe on the roads than anyone else. People with diabetes might have to inform the DVLA, depending on how you treat your diabetes or if your condition or treatment changes.


Myth 5: People with diabetes can't play sport
There is no reason why people with diabetes can’t take part in sports. People with diabetes are encouraged to exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle.