Find Information About:

Drugs & Supplements

Get information and reviews on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Search by name or medical condition.

Pill Identifier
WebMD

Pill Identifier

Having trouble identifying your pills?

Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. Our pill identification tool will display pictures that you can compare to your pill.

Get Started
My Medicine
WebMD

My Medicine

Save your medicine, check interactions, sign up for FDA alerts, create family profiles and more.

Get Started

WebMD Health Experts and Community

Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD's Communities. It's a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.

  • Second Opinion
    WebMD

    Second Opinion

    Read expert perspectives on popular health topics.

  • Community
    WebMD

    Community

    Connect with people like you, and get expert guidance on living a healthy life.

Got a health question? Get answers provided by leading organizations, doctors, and experts.

Get Answers

Sign up to receive WebMD's award-winning content delivered to your inbox.

Sign Up

Diabetes Health Center

Font Size
A
A
A

Type 1 Diabetes: Are You as Smart as a 2nd Grader?

Rumor Has It continued...

Let’s set the record straight about some other common tales, the kind of hurtful hearsay that many people with type 1 diabetes often hear:

“You must have OD’d on sugar to get type 1 diabetes.”

Not so.

“Type 1 is like being hit by lightning. It happens sometimes, and it’s not anybody’s fault,” says Steven Griffen, MD, a vice president for JDRF (formerly called the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). “Unfortunately, we don’t know exactly what causes type 1 diabetes, and researchers are still trying to get a clear picture about genetic and environmental factors that may play roles, including exposure to viruses or bacteria that live in your gut.”

One thing we do know, though, is that it’s not brought on by too much sugar.

“Could it come from getting a vaccine as a kid?”

Scientists haven’t found a link between vaccines and type 1 diabetes.

“You put on too much weight. That’s what caused it.”

No, weight is not to blame for the disease, either. Obesity and inactivity are big risk factors for type 2 diabetes and many other health problems, but there’s no such connection to type 1.

“Oh, you have the ‘bad’ kind of diabetes.”

There’s no "good" kind of diabetes, nor is it a matter of better or worse. Types 1 and 2 are different, and they have to be managed as such.

“I can’t catch it, can I?”

Nope. Diabetes is not contagious.

“No sweets for you!”

Wrong. In fact, that’s just what the doctor orders when blood sugar nosedives, a condition called low blood sugar or "hypoglycemia."

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, diagnosed with type 1 at age 7, wrote in her autobiography about a time she set all good manners aside to grab and stuff cake in her mouth to fend off a sugar low.

You can eat or drink anything you want as long as you take the right amount of insulin to balance out the carbohydrates.

“It’s probably not a good idea to play sports.”

Today on WebMD

Diabetic tools
Symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and more.
woman flexing muscles
10 strength training exercises.
 
Blood sugar test
12 practical tips.
Tom Hanks
Stars living with type 1 or type 2.
 
kenneth fujioka, md
Video
Can Vinegar Treat Diabetes
Article
 
Middle aged person
Tool
jennie brand miller
Video
 

Prediabetes How to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
Article
type 2 diabetes
Slideshow
 
food fitness planner
Tool
feet
Slideshow