Click on the Myth and Fact buttons below to learn the truth about insulin.
1. Being on insulin will not disrupt your daily routine.
Insulin treatment can fit into your daily routine. Ask your doctor about which insulin treatment option best fits your needs and lifestyle.1
2. Insulin can cause complications such as blindness.2
Untreated high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) can cause long-term complications such as blindness.3
Insulin, along with other medications, can help reduce complications by controlling your blood sugar (glucose) level.4
3. Insulin can help you avoid complications.2
Complications are the result of chronic high blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia). Insulin treatment can help you avoid the complications caused by diabetes.4
4. Insulin is an addictive drug.2
Insulin treatment is adjusted for every person with diabetes. Depending on your needs and lifestyle, you may need to adjust your dosage during treatment.
5. Starting insulin means that you are failing to take care of your diabetes.5
For many people with type 2 diabetes, what happens is that the body gradually starts producing less and less of its own insulin. Eventually, oral medications may not be enough to keep blood sugar (glucose) levels normal.
Using insulin to keep your blood sugar (glucose) to a healthy level is a good thing, not a bad one.5
6. Your diabetes is cured if your blood sugar (glucose) returns to normal levels.6
Diabetes is a chronic disease. It is possible to control your blood sugar (glucose) levels and avoid diabetes complications with proper treatment.5
It is recommended that you work with your doctor to establish treatment goals that are right for you.
7. You can still live a normal life with diabetes.6
Although diabetes is a chronic disease, you can still live a normal life by following your treatment properly. In fact, the diet plan for people with diabetes is not as restrictive as you think — it's generally the same healthy diet recommended for everyone.7
8. You do not need to take insulin if your pancreas still produces it.
Many people first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes still manage their blood sugar (glucose) levels with oral medications. But over time, your body gradually produces less and less insulin, which means you may need to take insulin treatment in order to keep your blood sugar (glucose) at a healthy level.5
9. You can catch diabetes from someone else.5
Diabetes is not contagious — it cannot be caught like a cold or flu. However, while there is no definitive answer as to why some people get it, there seems to be a genetic link with people who have a family history of type 2 diabetes. Lifestyle choices also play a key role in developing diabetes.5