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A group of diseases that result in too much sugar in the blood (high blood glucose).

MYTH: Diabetes is not serious

FACT: There is no such thing as “mild” diabetes. All types of diabetes are serious and can lead to complications if not well managed. Diabetes can affect quality of life and can reduce life expectancy.

MYTH: Diabetes can be prevented

FACT: Not all types of diabetes can be prevented. Type 1 is an autoimmune condition, it cannot be prevented and there is no cure. The cause of type 1 diabetes is still unknown. Diabetes prevention programs can help prevent type 2 diabetes.

MYTH: You have to be overweight or obese to develop diabetes

FACT: Being overweight or obese is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes but it is not a direct cause. Type 1 diabetes is not preventable and not associated with weight, physical inactivity or any other lifestyle factors.

MYTH: People with type 1 diabetes can’t participate in sports or exercise

FACT: Many Australian sport champions have type 1 diabetes.

MYTH: People with diabetes can’t eat dessert

FACT: Because diabetes effects blood glucose levels, many people think they need to avoid sugars and foods containing sugar. However, if eaten as part of a healthy meal plan, or combined with exercise, sweets and desserts can be eaten bypeople with diabetes. The key is to eat everything in moderation.