Fact or fiction? Know your diabetes myths

14 Nov 2017 Written by Max Hickling

It’s World Diabetes Day today – a good opportunity to read up on some diabetes myths and facts!



This information was reproduced with the kind permission of Diabetes UK www.diabetes.org.uk

Myth: People with diabetes cannot have sugar

Having diabetes does not mean you have to have a sugar-free diet. People with diabetes should follow a healthy balanced diet – that is low in fat, salt and sugar. You should still be able to enjoy a wide variety of foods, including some with sugar.

Myth: people with diabetes cannot drink alcohol

Most people with diabetes can safely drink alcohol in moderation, which means staying within the government recommended guidelines, while eating a healthy, balanced diet and keeping active.

Myth: Having diabetes means you can’t do certain jobs

People with diabetes are covered under the Equality Act 2010 to be protected from discrimination when working or finding work because of their condition. No employer is allowed to dismiss you because of your diabetes.

Myth: It’s not safe to drive if you have diabetes

Having diabetes does not mean that you need to give up driving, but it does mean that you need to plan in advance before you get behind the wheel. Here are somethings to consider when driving with diabetes:

  • Avoid delaying or missing meals and snacks
  • Take breaks on long journeys
  • Always keep hypo treatments to hand in the car
  • Do not drink alcohol and drive.

Myth: People with diabetes eventually go blind

Although diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in people of working age in the UK, research has proved you can reduce your chances of developing diabetes complications – such as damage to your eyes – if you:

  • Control your blood pressure, glucose, and blood fat levels
  • Keep active
  • Maintain your ideal body weight
  • Give up smoking.

Bristol Community Health accepts self-referrals or referrals from any healthcare professional to our Diabetes education courses. Call 0117 959 8970 if you would like to self-refer.