Diabetes Myths, Facts & Figures
What do you think you know about diabetes?
Myth: Diabetes is a bigger problem in North America and Europe than the rest of the world.
Fact: more than 10% of people in the US have diabetes. That's shockingly high, but it ranks 59th worldwide behind Pacific Islands (e.g. 30% in the Marshall Islands), African (e.g. 22% in Sudan), Asian (e.g. 19% in Pakistan), and Latin American (e.g. 17% in Belize) countries.
Myth: We get type 2 diabetes because we eat too much.
Fact: We really don't know what causes diabetes and studies implicate everything from gut bacteria to microplastics to working the night shift.
Myth: Type 2 diabetes is easily reversed with diet and exercise.
Fact: While weight loss is beneficial to those of us who are overweight, eating less and exercising are unreliable for diabetes remission. For example, 3.5% of people experienced 4-year remission in this study: 10.1001/jama.2012.67929.
Diabetes Awareness ... Facts & Figures
1 in 10 adults are affected by Diabetes