1) EVEN THOUGH SOMEONE IN MY FAMILY HAS DIABETES, I DON’T NEED TO WORRY ABOUT IT.
FALSE — Along with age and obesity, a family history of diabetes can increase your chances of developing diabetes.
2) I CAN MANAGE MY DIABETES BY MYSELF.
FALSE — Diabetes is a family affair. Everyone in the family should know about the disease and should be helping those with diabetes control it.
3) AS LONG AS MY FEET DO NOT HURT, I DON’T NEED TO VISIT A PODIATRIST. FALSE — Diabetes can lead to loss of sensation or numbness of the extremities. You may not feel the pain, even if there is a significant problem. Any noticeable change in the feet such as redness, swelling, sores that don’t heal, loss of hair, or scaly skin may indicate a more serious problem.
4) HAVING DIABETES MAKES FEET MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO COMMON INFECTIONS, SUCH AS ATHLETE’S FOOT AND FUNGAL TOENAILS.
TRUE — People with diabetes have a decreased immune response, which can make common foot infections more prevalent.