Dispelling the Myths
By now you may have told many of your family members and close friends about your diabetes diagnosis. It is good to share your concerns because these are the people you will be leaning on when things get tough.
Keep in mind, however, that people will also begin to offer their bits of advice and anecdotal information at this time. And while many of these people are only trying to be helpful, added information—especially the horror stories—will make you more anxious about the disease. Here are a few of the most common diabetes myths, and some tips to overcome them:
1. “My grandmother had diabetes and had to have her foot amputated.” While it is true that diabetics can experience nerve loss in limb extremities, like the feet, proper foot care will help to stop this from happening to you.
2. “You might go blind.” Again, diabetes can cause blindness when sufficient attention is not paid to eye care, but it does not have to be your destiny.
3. “You will not be able to eat the foods you love.” Not true! Diabetes management is all about learning how to eat the foods you most enjoy in moderation.
Your worries are real, but the right amount of attention paid to your disease can help ease your concerns.