11 Myths about Kids with Diabetes

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If you’re a parent of a child who has diabetes, you know there are just some things people just don’t know about it. You wish they did, but they don’t. To you, the rest of the world seems highly uneducated and judgmental, constantly wondering why your child’s condition isn’t cured or why you didn’t make better parenting decisions to prevent this from happening.

Well we’re with you. We’ve compiled a list of myths about kids with diabetes that are more common than we wish they were. Feel free to share with your friends who just don’t seem to get it (or those “helpful” advice-givers who only think they’re being your friends). At the very least, you can take comfort in the knowledge that you’re not the only one plagued by other people’s assumptions.

11. Diabetes is caused by eating too much sugar

While excess sugar intake can be a cause of weight gain, which can contribute to type 2 diabetes, eating too much sugar is not a direct cause of diabetes. And it’s really not related to type 1 diabetes at all, which is caused by the pancreas not producing insulin.

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10. You can outgrow diabetes

Wouldn’t that be nice. Type 1 diabetes is not currently curable or outgrowable. And while type 2 diabetes can sometimes be improved with healthy lifestyle habits and sometimes improves after puberty, it’s not something you outgrow either.

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9. Stinky feet is a sign of diabetes.

While foot problems could be an issue later in life if your child has diabetes, stinky feet is not a sign of diabetes. Stinky feet is a sign that your child’s feet aren’t being washed often enough. Time to have that hygiene chat!

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Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?
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