Which one of these statements about Type 1 diabetes is false:
1. Type 1 Diabetes is preventable.
2. The only difference between Type 1 and Type 2 is the age of onset of diabetes.
3. People With Type 1 diabetes cannot eat sweets.
4. Taking Insulin cures diabetes.
FALSE, FALSE, FALSE and FALSE!
1. At this point in time Type 1 diabetes is not preventable. It is believed to be an auto-immune related disease, where antibodies are kicked in to working by some virus and then begin to attack the pancreas. Research is being done in the UK on a vaccine.
2. Adults and children alike can get either Type 1 or Type 2. Age is not a factor. There are many differences between the two diseases and calling them both “diabetes” has created confusion.
3. People with Type 1 diabetes are able to eat the same foods as the rest of the population. All people should eat sweets and carbs in moderation. Most doctors would prefer that people with Type 1 avoid “sugar-free” or artificially sweetened products as those may cause more problems that simple sugar. A person with Type 1 diabetes needs to know the carb count of the foods they are eating, so that they may give them selves enough insulin to cover the carbs.
4. And finally, insulin is not a cure. It is a way to manage Type 1 diabetes, but a cure would mean that the person no longer has diabetes.
I know I was supposed to present 3 truths and 1 lie, but there are so many misconceptions about Type 1 diabetes that I couldn’t help myself.