7 Things to Know if You've Received a Diabetes Diagnosis

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There are many mistaken beliefs about diabetes. The American Diabetes Association recently surveyed more than 2,000 Americans about the most common diabetes misconceptions, such as the belief that eating too much sugar causes diabetes, or that a diabetes diagnosis means you automatically need insulin. It's also not true that only older people get diabetes, that diabetes means your diet has to be totally different from everyone else's, or that being overweight means you'll end up with diabetes. It's important to know fact from fiction, experts say, so that you can properly care for your condition and lead a healthier, longer life.

[Read: With Type 1 Diabetes on the Rise, Parents Should Know the Warning Signs.]

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