From dLife: Diabetes Myth Busters (original)

By jayabee52 Latest Reply 2015-10-21 23:57:03 -0500
Started 2014-03-15 17:57:00 -0500

There's a lot of information out there about diabetes, but how much of it is actually true? Is diabetes contagious? Can you get diabetes from eating too much sugar? Can insulin cause impotence? Is all diabetes the same?

Having recently posted dLife Diabetes Myth Busters II, someone wanted to find this one and take it.

Here it is!

98 replies

Dark Sonja
Dark Sonja 2014-06-11 22:58:26 -0500 Report

I got 13 of 13. I'm kinda proud of myself. Of course it's not a scientifically complicated quiz, but still it was a very nice collection of issues. Now, as a couple others said, if I could just apply everything I know to my life properly I'd be shiny.

azdutchman 2014-05-30 14:56:19 -0500 Report

I got 12 of 13 right. The one I missed, I knew the right answer but clicked the wrong one. Maybe I better check my blood sugar. But, that's how I did on the quiz. I'm a whiz at taking quizzes. Now I need to be more of a whiz at following up on all that I know about Diabetes.

jayabee52 2014-05-30 15:19:06 -0500 Report

That's great that you did so well on the Quiz. The problem for MANY of us (myself included) is getting what we know in our heads to actual practice and our behaviors.

Paprika 2014-03-22 16:22:34 -0500 Report

I just took the quiz and got 13. Doesn't mean anyone is an ace at diabetes because we all still have some kind of problem occasionally. Right, doc?

jayabee52 2014-03-23 05:45:25 -0500 Report

Great result Paprika!

Yes Diabetes is such a changable disease even when we have good control something comes along and messes us up

God's best to you

but I am not doc, I'm
James Baker

Paprika 2014-03-22 16:03:38 -0500 Report

Diabetes is not contagious, and you don't get it from eating too much sugar. After you do get it, just don't eat too much sugar. I am 66 and was diagnosed with diabetes 1 at 13. Lantus did not help me so now I am on an insulin pump. It is a good thing to have; however, it is not a total problem solver. You still have to count carbs and being very cautious about the Wizard. Sometimes you can bolus too much going by what it says.
I have had complications from the diabetes. I have diabetic neuropathy and retinopathy. I have a heart condition just diagnosed as congestive heart failure. Just had a CRT-D implanted and in 2003 have triple by-pass surgery. So don't be swayed by no complications because as you grow older, they tend to raise their ugly heads.
So be as healthy as you can and smile. That's life!

jayabee52 2014-05-30 15:24:36 -0500 Report

Agreed with your last sentence Paprika. However it is not necessarily the sugar that is the trouble with many of us. it is the carbs.

Sorry to hear of your "medical challenges" (as my late wife used to call hers with a chuckle) She had Lupis which really provided her with a lot of challenges (including Diabetes Type 1).

God's best to you and yours

James Baker

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-03-21 22:12:41 -0500 Report


This is really interesting. Thanks for sharing it with us. These myths find their way into conversations about diabetes and they result in lots of unneeded stress as well as avoidance of getting treatment.


Pluckinfool 2014-03-18 23:49:27 -0500 Report

Would it be worth talking about Myths that are common among diabetics themselves? For instance:
1) You need to pay close attention to the expire dates on insulin. Remember the phrase "It turns to water pretty quickly"? Said about Lantus again and again. It's not true. Try it.
2) All aspects of diabetes management are equally important. We all have different experiences. In my 56 years of taking insulin, my blood-sugar control has never been very good, and, since A1C came along, that's never been good either. And I like red meat and red wine. To show for all that, I'm in perfect health — no kidney, liver, eye, heart or nerve issues. What did I do? Very high marks on weight, exercise, high-fiber (veggies) diet, and plenty of vitamin and mineral supplements. It may be I have some lucky unknown gene, or maybe the conventional wisdom isn't always all it's cracked up to be. Would love to see feedback, although I suspect some of it will be negative.

jayabee52 2014-03-19 14:40:18 -0500 Report

Howdy Pluck
Not sure that all you listed as myths are just that. Your #1 about Lantis for example. "It turns to water pretty quickly". I have never heard that about Lantis, I have never taken Lantis, but I did inject NPH for several years and I would note that if I didn't pay attention to the exp date on the bottle or I opened the bottle about 30 days before, I noted a diminishing return on my lowering of Blood Glucose (BG) the further after the typical 28 days I injected. Eventually it became worthless for lowering my BG.

I am glad you have such glowing health and you don't have any diabetes related complications —— yet. You may have lucky genes and not ever have a complication but a PWD ahouls never say its never gonna happen.

God;s best to you!


Pluckinfool 2014-03-20 01:02:15 -0500 Report

James, thanks. I'm retracting my comments on expire dates on insulin bottles. I also took NPH for decades before Lantus came along, and I've used Lantus ever since. I also used Regular a long time before Humalog was invented. My experience is that the effectiveness doesn't change within a year or two of the expire date, but your experience may be the norm.
Also, in terms of setting priorities among treatments. While i know what's worked for me, it never hurts to fight the battle on all fronts. Perhaps my long term good luck got the best of me, forgetting the old adage about "different stroked for different folks".
Thanks for the heads-up, and thanks also for starting an interesting discussion.

jayabee52 2014-03-20 18:25:23 -0500 Report

Sure Ed!
I enjoyed the quiz myself and talking to everyone who took it . It is an honor to know you.

God's best to you.


ochibeachgirl 2014-03-17 10:50:49 -0500 Report

Did not take the quiz but there is one 'myth' I'd like to personally bust- DIABETICS CANNOT HAVE A NORMAL PREGNANCY!!!!! My 9 yr old son is the proof that, firstly, I got pregnant the old fashioned way [i.e., no doctor assistance, hee hee hee], secondly, did not have to take insulin or any DM meds during the nine months and for 2 yrs after, and third, he is a perfectly normal child - my only and the light of my life! I monitor him closely as he is very overweight, but his father and I are both big people, and diets don't work. So far, so good!

jayabee52 2014-03-19 14:20:31 -0500 Report

I agree with you, to a point. If you mean by "normal" that your baby comes out healthy at the end of the pregnancy I agree, 'cause the mother of my 3 sons had gestational diabetes for all 3 and they all went the full 9 months and came out all pink and healthy with all 10 fingers and toes.

If however by "normal" you mean "no different than pregnancies where the mother does not have diabetes", I would tend to disagree. As even though you didn't take DM meds (the same with my wife) you DO have to eat a different, healthier, meal plan. (which would be good for any expectant mother, whether with or without diabetes).

God's best to you and yours


CJ55 2014-03-17 02:57:36 -0500 Report

Hello James.. Thank you for another great Quiz. I did very well, I surprised myself. 13/13. I also took a few others. There is a very good one on there about kidneys. I got 100% on that on as well. Stephen and I are heading out to Vegas on April 6th. Flying in late evening staying 7 days. Do you have the same number, the one I have? We will talk before I leave.. I hope you are doing well. Hugz.. CJ @—(—(—

CJ55 2014-03-17 02:57:10 -0500 Report

Hello James.. Thank you for another great Quiz. I did very well, I surprised myself. 13/13. I also took a few others. There is a very good one on there about kidneys. I got 100% on that on as well. Stephen and I are heading out to Vegas on April 6th. Flying in late evening staying 7 days. Do you have the same number, the one I have? We will talk before I leave.. I hope you are doing well. Hugz.. CJ @—(—(—

Type1Lou 2014-03-16 13:17:04 -0500 Report

Got 13 out of 13 on this one but didn't care for Question #2 (?)…the one about Type 2 diabetics and insulin…it could be true or false, depending upon the person who has the Type 2. Reminds me of a Sociology professor who marked one of my multiple choice test answers wrong, even after I showed him, in the text we were using, how my answer was correct. He based his refusal to change my grade on the statistical frequency of the answer he deemed "correct"… rather close-minded of him.

Dr John
Dr John 2014-03-16 10:55:02 -0500 Report

It is completely and totally incorrect to use the term "diabetes" It is either diabetes type 1 or diabetes type 2. They are so completely different, they cannot be classified together. Anyone who does so is incompetent.

Pluckinfool 2014-03-17 21:16:52 -0500 Report

Thanks, Dr. John. I have been a type 1 for 56 years, with no secondary effects yet. Doctors keep telling me diabetics this and diabetics that, saying stuff that obviously isn't true (isn't true of me, anyway).

jayabee52 2014-03-17 14:08:28 -0500 Report

Well then I am incompetent Jhn

Yes there are differences, but the similarities are much too great to call them different diseases. .

Chuck Fisher
Chuck Fisher 2014-03-16 01:43:53 -0500 Report

12/13. I would disagree with the wording of some of the questions. For example: I as well as a number of people that I know have DM II and do not inject insulin, because their bodies continue to produce it. Those people who have DM I, do not produce insulin (by definition) and so have to inject it. The implication in the answer given to the question is that all types of diabetes require insulin injections and that is false.

Type1Lou 2014-03-16 13:11:50 -0500 Report

This is why I hate multiple choice or True/False answer options. Many times you can qualify an answer to either cover different interpretations of the question, or to clarify your answer.

MarkS 2014-03-16 11:24:07 -0500 Report

I agree Chuck. The answer was incorrect because there are some Type 2 diabetics that do not need to take insulin their entire life. It makes me wonder about the nurse educator who reviewed and approved the test. I wonder how well she did in her nursing classes!

tabby9146 2014-09-12 17:35:05 -0500 Report

Yes I have never been on insulin and been controlling by D&E for nearly 6 yrs. I may never. E on it. I know a few type2s who were diagnosed over 20 yrs ago and on pills not insulin.

jayabee52 2014-03-30 00:59:23 -0500 Report

I suspect Mark, that the person who wrote Q2 had an agenda that one is not a failure if one uses insulin (from what I remember of the answer given), but I agree the question was misleading..

harold highland
harold highland 2014-03-15 23:47:37 -0500 Report

I haven't taken any quizzes. I have been a diabetic for over 40 years ( type 1 ).
I don't know everything, but I know more then the usual diabetic so I don;t believe taking quizzes would be of any benefit to me. I use an insulin pump and my blood glucose is well controlled. I am not, and have never been, overweight, have a bad diet, and I exercise regularly. I am 76 years old and plan to live to at least 100 yrs. and maybe more. :-))

jayabee52 2014-03-16 00:03:07 -0500 Report

That's fine, Harold that is entirely up to you, However I also see myself as knowing more than the usual PWD (person with diabetes) and I use these quizzes a way of learning where my gaps in knowledge happen to be and then to learn that which I don't know

I pray that you make it to at least 100

God's best to you and yours

James Baker

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-15 23:24:11 -0500 Report

Thanks for posting these quizzes. I only missed one this time. Of course it was the one about the insulin pump. I don't know much about insulin, but these quizzes are helping me learn, I believe they have helped me to learn and will help me if I ever have to take insulin.. I will be looking forward to more quizzes.

lorene1212 2014-03-15 21:57:03 -0500 Report

11-13 right! I guess I know more than I thought… would have liked to get all right, whatever…

jayabee52 2014-03-16 00:06:21 -0500 Report

Lorene, Congrats on doing so well!
I would have liked to get all 13 right myself but even those I got wrong were instructive to me. In fact they were perhaps more instructive than those I got right.

lorene1212 2014-03-16 22:03:30 -0500 Report

Thank you Jayabee52,
I thought or think I need to learn more though. I am at this plateau in my life where what I knew is not what I am learning as time goes by. I am sure you understand that statement very well.
I like doing quzzes some times…lol.


john3347 2014-03-15 21:02:48 -0500 Report

I'm going to quit taking these quizzes. I had to answer 3 of these questions incorrectly to give the answer that they wanted. #2) I have type 2 diabetes and I don't have to take insulin. #3) I caught (inherited) diabetes from my Mother. Diabetes runs heavy in my Mothers side of the family. I did not live my life on an extremely poor diet, I was very active all my working life and continue to be active, and I am NOT obese (I was not, and am not, overweight even a little). #13) When a Mother passes the diabetes "gene" to her children, that means that she didn't have a healthy child. My score, by giving the incorrect answers to the noted questions, was 100%

jayabee52 2014-03-15 22:13:34 -0500 Report

I had problems with Q 2 myself. I believe that question was a curveball question in the way it was posed.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-15 23:30:56 -0500 Report

I guess I looked at that question from a different angle. I thought it meant catching it from contact with a diabetic. You know, like a cold, or flu, or anything contagious. So I did got that one right, but I can see how it could be misleading. I missed the one about insulin.

haoleboy 2014-03-15 21:21:35 -0500 Report

you are aware that some type 2's do use insulin

genetic predisposition is not contagion

my mother was diabetic as was her mother my mother was the only diabetic of 4 and only 2 of her 5 children (myself and 1 sister) have diabetes.


john3347 2014-03-15 22:48:07 -0500 Report

I am very well aware that some type 2's do use insulin. I am also well aware that other type 2's do NOT use insulin. The question leads you to understand that every type two either does or does not. No, everybody with type 2 diabetes does not have to take insulin.

"genetic predisposition is not contagion" This explanation is NOT in the question. This information is not offered until you have already registered your answer to "You can catch diabetes from someone, true or false"

jayabee52 2014-03-15 22:41:49 -0500 Report

The quiz stated T2Ds "don't have to take" (copied directly from the question) insulin, which is true, because I use meal planning to control mine.

But according to them the way I manage my T2D is wrong because their response was more focused on those T2Ds who needed to use insulin, From their answer "Using insulin doesn't mean that you've "failed," but instead could give you the results your hard work deserves" I think I would have answered it "correctly" if they would have used words like "may take" instead of "don't have to take". .

haoleboy 2014-03-15 20:51:02 -0500 Report

I am on a roll today! 23 for 23 on diabetes related quizzes.

jayabee52 2014-03-15 22:15:35 -0500 Report

what kind of roll, Hot cross or cinnamon? LoL!

haoleboy 2014-03-16 00:09:40 -0500 Report

although I do eat grains … rolls are not part of my diet ;)
but if they were they would be Hawaiian Sweet Bread (or more correctly … Portuguese Sweet Bread)

jayabee52 2014-03-17 14:18:39 -0500 Report

my 2nd wife was Portugese and introduced me to Portugese sweet bread and linguisa sausages. The sweetbread didn't do either of us any good regarding our BG levels (we both had DM)

jayabee52 2014-03-26 09:57:15 -0500 Report

actually my 2nd wife's family of origin immigrated from Hawaii to CA a while ago Back with her grand parents or great grands.