At Men’s Vitality Center, we care about your health, which is why we offer diabetes management services. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out there about diabetes, so you may be working under certain false assumptions. Here is our breakdown of some myths out there:

MYTH: Eating a lot of sugar will give you diabetes.

Both types of diabetes are caused by genetics; type 2 is also caused by certain lifestyle factors, while the exact cause of type 1 diabetes beyond genetics is not fully understood yet. One thing that is sure is that it is not caused by binging on sweets, though that is still not advised for your health.

MYTH: People with diabetes are more likely to fall ill than people without diabetes.

People with well-managed diabetes are no more likely to get sick than people without diabetes. However, falling ill may make diabetes more difficult to manage.

MYTH: Diabetes is contagious.

You cannot catch diabetes from someone else. As mentioned above, it is caused by genetics and lifestyle choices.

MYTH: All overweight people eventually develop diabetes.

While being overweight is a risk factor for diabetes, it is not the only one. Most overweight people do not have type 2 diabetes, and many people with type 2 diabetes are a normal weight.

MYTH: People with diabetes need to follow a special diet to stay healthy.

Just like anyone else, a balanced diet full of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables is sufficient to help people with diabetes stay healthy.

Diabetes is a serious disease, but it is not a death sentence. People who actively take steps to manage their diabetes are capable of living perfectly normal, healthy lives. If you need help managing your diabetes, contact Men’s Vitality Center in Glendale, AZ today.