11 Myths about Kids with Diabetes

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8. Kids with diabetes can never have sugar

Kids with diabetes need to control the amount of carbohydrates they eat, and that includes sweets. Everyone, kids and adults, regardless of whether they have diabetes, should be limiting their intake of sweets because of the limited nutritional value they offer. But that doesn’t mean no sweets at all!

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7. Diabetes is contagious

Um…no. It’s not the flu, people. If your child has a friend with diabetes, you do not have to worry about your child “catching” it. The development of diabetes has nothing to do with whether the people around you have it (unless they’re blood related).

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6. You can get diabetes from childhood vaccines

There is currently no evidence that diabetes can be caused by vaccinations. We’re not saying it’s impossible, but until we see some proof, we’re not going to jump to that conclusion.

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5. High blood sugar levels are normal for some people and aren’t a sign of diabetes

High blood sugar levels aren’t normal. It’s possible for a person who doesn’t have diabetes to get high blood sugar levels temporarily from a medication or illness, but permanent or long-term high blood sugar is not okay; it means you should get checked for diabetes.

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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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