Many of those suffering from the lifestyle disorder ‘diabetes’ are terrified of insulin. Mention insulin and giant needles are immediately imagined. This is because of all the horror stories they have heard from loved ones or read somewhere; most of which are not true.
“Insulin is not a cure for diabetes”- Dr. J. Jayaprakashsai, Consultant Diabetologist, MD (Physician), Dip in Diabetology (WHO – EZAGREB), Apollo Sugar Clinic, Hyderabad
For those suffering from type 2 diabetes, there is no other option but to resort to small dosages of insulin at particular times in the day in order to control sugar levels. Unlike popular belief, taking insulin is not a bad sign and can work wonders on the body. There are so many myths associated with insulin that it has become very hard to find out what is a myth and what is a fact anymore. Visit the diabetes centre at Apollo Sugar to learn more about the benefits of insulin and know if it is right for you to start using it for a better life.
Some of the most popular myths associated with insulin include:
Myth #1 – Insulin is addictive.
Fact – It is believed that people can get addicted to insulin as it is something they themselves inject into their systems. There is no way one can get addicted to it as it is something that should be naturally produced by the body.
Myth #2 – Insulin is expensive.
Fact – Insulin is in reality much cheaper than oral medication. The expense varies depending on the brands and dosage.
Myth #3 – Insulin leads to weight gain.
Fact – It is true that those on insulin do put on weight but it is not because of insulin. The intake of insulin improves the way the body processes food so it is important to eat healthy food to avoid weight gain.
Myth #4 – Insulin means I have failed to manage diabetes well.
Fact – Taking insulin shots does not mean one has failed to manage diabetes well. Diabetes is a progressive disease and insulin is the next logical step to keep blood sugar levels in check when medicines no longer work.
Myth #5 – Insulin causes hypoglycaemia.
Fact – It is true that those who take insulin do experience hypoglycaemia than those that don’t. But the newer versions of insulin available reduce the chance of a patient passing out due to hypoglycaemia.
Myth #6 – Insulin cures diabetes.
Fact – Insulin is not a cure for diabetes. It is only a substitute when the pancreas fails to produce sufficient amounts of insulin itself. Insulin shots help diabetic patients control sugar levels and keep them from becoming ill.