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s you would expect for a disease that has been around for several thousand years, there are plenty of myths about diabetes. Some of them have a tiny bit of truth to them, so they keep being passed around. Unfortunately, thanks to the Internet, a myth can pop up on 10 million computer screens in two hours. But just because so many diabetes myths have been heard and read about doesn't make them true.
In this book, you find everything of importance that you need to know to help your child (or yourself, if you're an adult patient) live a long and healthy life with type 1 diabetes (or T1DM for short). If you don't read about something in one of the chapters on diagnosis and treatment, it's unlikely that it plays an important role in diabetes care. So if you hear about some great breakthrough in T1DM and it isn't in this book, consider it a myth until proven otherwise. You can even drop me an e-mail and tell me about it at diabetes® drrubin.com. I'm happy to either confirm or deny it.
Because insulin and food are key components of diabetes care, it's no surprise that a lot of myths in T1DM revolve around these two topics. There's also a lot of confusion about the difference between T1DM and T2DM. You may even encounter myths about the direction of science in curing T1DM. I break down all these myths in this chapter.
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Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses food. Normally, your body converts sugars, starches and other foods into a form of sugar called glucose. Your body uses glucose for fuel. The cells receive the glucose through the bloodstream. They then use insulin a hormone made by the pancreas to absorb the glucose, convert it into energy, and either use it or store it for later use. Learn more...