INSULIN MYTHS AND FACTS

If you are about to begin or are already on insulin therapy, some thoughts may be haunting you day and night. It’s time you find out how many of these are mere myths, to be ignored, and how many are actual facts that need your attention. Let’s get some clarity on this.

MYTH

I am on insulin because I have failed to control my diabetes

MYTH

FACT

Insulin therapy is not your fault and it definitely does not mean that you aren’t trying enough to control your blood glucose. Type 2 diabetes progresses over time and no matter what you do and what medicines you take to manage it, your pancreas gives up on keeping up with your body's need for insulin. This is when insulin is needed to treat diabetes.1

MYTH

Insulin shot is just all pain and no gain

MYTH

FACT

It is a fact that insulin is the good way to lower your blood glucose levels. And no, it doesn’t hurt much. You would in fact be surprised with how little the injection actually hurts. Many even find it less painful than a finger stick.1

MYTH

Insulin injections are going to drill a big hole in my pocket

FACT

Diabetes, in fact is an expensive condition. Insulin on the other hand is usually less expensive than several other oral medicines. But since insulin prices can vary, you always have an option of choosing the one that suits your pocket.1

MYTH

Maybe I’m addicted to insulin

FACT

Myth myth myth! Insulin is a natural substance needed by your body and you just cannot get addicted to it. 1

MYTH

I’m on insulin, means I’m on last stage of diabetes

FACT

You may have this fear if you have witnessed complications or death of your family members or friends with diabetes. Insulin is not the last resort but in fact, can delay or even prevent diabetes complications if started early.1,2

MYTH

If I take insulin, I will put on excess weight

FACT

Many patients who begin insulin tend to gain some weight. In case you are worried about this, consult a dietician before starting insulin. 1

MYTH

I take insulin, so I can eat anything I want

FACT

Even if you are taking insulin you still need to control your food intake, like anyone else without diabetes. Eating extra calories regularly can lead to weight gain in all people, with or without diabetes.3

MYTH

If I am sick, I need to stop taking insulin

FACT

This is a big myth! During illness, fever, blood glucose levels tend to rise. Insulin therapy in such cases may in fact need to be increased when you are sick. It is good to talk to your doctor about this.3

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