Eating too much refined white sugar can cause insulin resistance and future diabetes.

Diabetes does not mean that one cannot have desserts forever. While eating too many sugary foods is to be avoided, one can have an occasional dessert, especially if one exercises and otherwise eats healthy. It’s better to substitute brown sugar or jaggery in that case. Artificial sweeteners including stevia, a natural sweetener obtained from plants, are the other options.

Fruits are healthy for diabetics but can’t be consumed in huge amounts, since it contains carbohydrates.

As per Ayurveda, diabetes is a Kapha disorder and diabetics should limit the intake of sweet, salt and sour taste in the diet.

Any fruit or vegetable which is bitter and dark green has antidiabetic properties.

One should combine a bitter taste with a sweet taste when choosing a vegetable or a fruit. For example, one should not combine peas with potatoes but potatoes can be combined with methi (fenugreek leaves) or palak (spinach).

Diabetics are not more susceptible to colds and other illnesses but may have more complications of flu.

Taking insulin does not cause hardening of the arteries or high blood pressure.  Diabetes is not contagious and one cannot get diabetes from someone else.