Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Myths and Misconceptions
Tonight Michelle jokingly asked me if anyone has ever thought type 1 diabetes is contagious. However, I wouldn't doubt that it has crossed someones mind before. Diabetes is full of misconceptions and myths and nothing upsets a type 1 diabetic more than being confused for a type 2.
Although, I admit I was ignorant before I was diagnosed. I don't blame others for not knowing what diabetes is or not knowing the differences. I think the importance that needs to come out of it all is that know that when diabetes becomes apart of your life in some way or another - there is lots of resources so that you don't have to be fooled by the silly misconceptions.
Silly misconceptions/myths like these:
"You have diabetes? My cat has diabetes?"
"You must have eaten a lot of sugar as a kid!"
"You're not fat? or old?"
"It will like, go away right?"
"Can you eat sugar?"
"Do you have the good kind or the bad kind?"
"You just checked your sugar...do you need help?"
We all can think of a dozen more, and when we hear these things on a daily basis and for the most part they have become so common in our daily life that we either have an instant automated response or we just laugh. We have to let these misconceptions roll off our shoulders because diabetes is enough to keep us busy.
The important thing is to educate when you get the opportunities. At least to those that are around you the most!