Whether you are a caregiver, at the risk of developing diabetes or have the condition yourself, you should have the facts about diabetes treatment right.

Insulin therapy is an integral part of diabetes management. Yet, there are many misconceptions about the use of insulin. Are you among the informed ones? Take the quiz below, choose your answer and check your score.

1. There are many types of insulin available for the treatment of diabetes, depending on when and how long they act in the body. 

A. True

B. False

2. Once the doctor has prescribed insulin, one can keep taking it for as long as one feels comfortable. 

A. True

B. False

3. If a person is asked to take insulin by his doctor, it is because he/she has not been able to control his diabetes.

A. True

B. False

4. Insulin injections are expensive.

A. True

B. False

5. Even if a person takes insulin over a long period of time, he/she does not get addicted to it.

A. True

B. False

6. Insulin helps control blood sugar levels, so a person on insulin therapy can eat whatever he wants. 

A. True

B. False

7. Insulin is used only as a last resort to treat diabetes. 

A. True

B. False

8. One can temporarily stop taking insulin when one is unwell. 

A. True

B. False

The right answers:

1. True. there are many types of insulin, some work quickly while some work a little slower. Some last for a longer time in your body, while some have a short life. Your doctor will not just prescribe the insulin that is right for you, but also help you understand how it works.

2. False. One needs to monitor any medication regularly. Consult your doctor and go for regular check ups,in case the dosage needs to be adjusted.

3. False. Type 2 diabetes progresses over time and no matter what you do and what medicines you take to manage it, your pancreas cannot keep up with your body's need for insulin. This is when insulin is needed to treat diabetes. 

4. False. Insulin is usually less expensive than several other oral medicines.

5. True. Insulin is a natural substance needed by your body and you just cannot get addicted to it.

6. False. Even if you are taking insulin you still need to control your food intake, like anyone else without diabetes.

7. False. Insulin is not the last resort but in fact, can delay or even prevent diabetes complications if started early.

8. False. During illness, fever, blood glucose levels tend to rise. Insulin therapy in such cases may in fact need to be increased when you are sick. 

Your score:

6 - 8: You are well informed about diabetes and its medication. 

4 - 5: You have a fair enough idea of medication options. Get clear on myths so that you are able to guide others well. 

Less than 4: Diabetes management and support as a caregiver is only possible if you get your facts right. Educate yourself so that you can guide others right. 

Right education is the first step to managing diabetes. Get the right information information and take the pledge I am #MoreThanMyDiabetes