Help dispel T1D myths

 

There are so many misconceptions about type 1 diabetes (T1D). This life-long, autoimmune disease, doesn’t only affect children. It is not preventable and does not go away with healthy eating and exercise.

Throughout the month, we will be profiling common myths about living with T1D. We encourage you to share our images and posts with your friends and family to raise awareness and help to debunk these myths.

The Myth

“You get type 1 diabetes from eating too much sugar.”

The Fact

Type 1 diabetes is not preventable and there is no known cure.

The Myth

"Type 1 diabetes is a child's disease."

The Fact

20% of Canadians living with type 1 are diagnosed as adults.

The Myth

"People living with type 1 diabetes are limited from participating in sports and activities."

The Fact

Regular exercise helps to lower blood-sugar levels and keep them in the target range. There are many successful high-performance athletes living with T1D.

The Myth

"Changing my diet will cure my type 1 diabetes."

The Fact

Following a healthy diet will help manage type 1, but it is a chronic disease that has no known cure.

The Myth

"I will 'outgrow' type 1 diabetes."

The Fact

Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong condition and isn’t something kids will one day outgrow.

The Myth

"It’s easy for people with T1D to manage their blood-sugar levels"

The Fact

Maintaining optimal control of blood sugar levels can be very difficult with T1D. Factors like stress and exercise can easily cause blood sugars to swing out of control.

 

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Lets turn type one into type none