You might have heard one or two of these rumours...
1. Slim people don’t get diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is becoming more common in young people of all sizes and even all ethnicities. People who are overweight are more likely to get diabetes, however people who are a healthy weight can get it too.
2. Diabetes will stop me from doing sports
Having diabetes doesn’t mean you have to give up playing sport. In reality, people who have type 2 diabetes can manage their illness without medicine by healthy eating and regular exercise. However if you need regular medicine – don’t be put off. There are plenty of sporting role models out there with diabetes such as Sir Steven Redgrave – 5 time Olympic gold medallist.
3. No more sweets?
It’s all about control. Having diabetes doesn’t mean you can’t eat sweet things; you just have to control the amount of sweet things you eat. In the past people were told to avoid these – this was because experts thought by eating sugar it would raise your blood sugar levels really high. However recent research shows that this isn’t the case – it’s about the amount of sugar you eat. Like everything in life it’s about balance.
4. People will see me differently
Having diabetes doesn’t change who you are – at the end of the day you’re still you. Knowledge is key – you may come across people who may not know a lot about diabetes, but you can help them learn about the condition, warning signs and how they can support you.
how to get help
If you have any more questions on this area or would like to speak to somebody about this topic, have a look at the links or search for your local services in the blue box below. Alternatively you can always contact your public health nurse.
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