Myths are defined on the one hand as traditional stories concerning the early history of people or explaining a natural or social phenomenon; alternatively they represent a widely held but false belief. There are many half-truths, exaggerations and distortions of reality surrounding diabetes which fall into both of these categories. Myths, often passed from generation to generation as oral history, represent a link between the past and present generations. As such, they often contain elements of the truth. However, some myths may act as barriers to progress and, as in the case of diabetes care, cause harm. In this article, Trisha Dunning looks into the implications for people with the condition of some of the most popular diabetes myths from around the world.
myths, tales, Aspartame, hoax, Consultative Section on Diabetes Education, DECS