Diabetes is a serious complex condition which can affect the entire body. Diabetes requires daily self-care and if complications develop, diabetes can have a significant impact on the quality of life and can reduce life expectancy. While there is currently no cure for diabetes, you can live an enjoyable life by learning about the condition and effectively managing it. 

National Diabetes Week 2019 kicks off on 14th July and runs until 20th July. 

Myth Buster – Diabetes is not serious 

Fact: There is no such thing as “mild” diabetes. All types of diabetes are serious and can lead to complications if not well managed. Diabetes can affect the quality of life and can reduce life expectancy. 

Myth Buster – Diabetes can be prevented

Fact: Not all types of diabetes can be prevented. Type 1 is an autoimmune condition; it cannot be prevented and there is no cure. The cause of type 1 diabetes is still unknown. 

Myth Buster – You only get type 1 diabetes when you’re young 

Fact: The onset of type 1 diabetes occurs most frequently in people under 30 years, however, new research suggests almost half of all people who develop the condition are diagnosed over the age of 30. 

Myth Buster – You only get type 2 diabetes when you’re old 

Fact: Type 2 diabetes usually develops in adults over the age of 45 years but is increasingly occurring in younger age groups including children, adolescents and young adults.  

Myth Buster – People with diabetes can’t eat dessert 

Fact: Because diabetes affects blood glucose levels, many people think they need to avoid sugars and foods containing sugar. However, if eaten as part of a healthy meal plan, or combined with exercise, sweets and desserts can be eaten by people with diabetes. The key is to eat everything in moderation. 

Myth Buster – No one in my family has diabetes so I don’t have to worry 

Fact: Family history is only one of the risk factors for type 2 diabetes. 

Reference: Diabetes Australia https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/