by the Diabetes Team

Get the Facts!

There are many myths and misconceptions about diabetes. The best and most trusted source of information comes from your health care team as well as reliable websites such as the Canadian Diabetes Association. Below are some common myths along with the true facts.

Myth: Eating too much sugar causes diabetes.

Fact: No, it does not. Type 1 diabetes is caused by genetics and unknown factors that trigger the onset of the disease. Type 2 diabetes is caused by genetics and lifestyle factors such as being overweight. A diet high in calories, whether from sugar or from fat, can contribute to weight gain. If you have a history of diabetes in your family, eating a healthy foods and being active are recommended to manage your weight.

Myth: People with diabetes should eat a special “diabetic” diet.

Fact: A healthy meal plan for people with diabetes is generally the same as a healthy diet for anyone – low in fat (especially saturated and trans fat), moderate in salt and sugar and lots of whole grain foods, vegetables and fruit. All foods can fit into a healthy diet; the key is balance, variety, and moderation.

Myth: If you have diabetes, you can’t eat bread, potatoes and pasta.

Fact: Whole grain breads, cereals, pasta, rice and starchy vegetables like potatoes, peas and corn are part of a healthy diet and should be included in your meals and snacks. They provide carbohydrates for energy as well as fibre, vitamins ...

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