5 Myths and Misconceptions About Diabetes – Busted

People with diabetes can't eat sugar? False.

U.S. News & World Report
By Jay Shubrook, DO July 20, 2015 | 7:00 a.m. EDT

In 2014, the International Diabetes Foundation reported 387 million people in the world have diabetes, with millions of cases going undiagnosed.

Most people associate diabetes with excessive sugar intake or unhealthy living and think having diabetes means constantly taking shots of insulin. In fact, many don't realize there are actually a variety of diabetes that affect people in different ways. While some of the preconceptions surrounding the disease contain an ounce of truth, there are more facts dispelling these presumptions than supporting them. With so many people now affected by diabetes, it's important to know how to separate fact from fiction, especially now, when one in two people with diabetes don't know they have the condition, according to the IDF.

Here are five fictions about diabetes and why they aren't quite true:

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