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You will get a call within 12 Hrs from the time of Booking. *T&C – Free home sample collection is not available on specific tests. Pediatric home sample collection ( kids below 10 years age ) is available at specific cities only

Worst Diabetes Myths

Is it sugar that causes diabetes? Can young people get affected by diabetes? There are various myths and unanswered questions that surround diabetes mellitus. While some of these myths can be dangerous, others are just petty misconceptions. Given below are some of the worst diabetes myths that you should be aware of.

1- You can’t get it unless it runs in your family
It is commonly believed that diabetes is genetically inherited and you can only get it if it runs in your family – This is a myth. Genetics is a major risk factor but cannot be held solely responsible for diabetes. Anyone who leads a sedentary lifestyle and makes unhealthy food choices is at risk for diabetes, irrespective of their genes.

2- People with diabetes have to follow a strict no-sugar diet
With diabetes, you certainly cannot indulge in your favourite desserts and sweets enormously. However, that doesn’t mean you have to give up on sugar completely. Moderation is the key to good health and the same rule applies to diabetes. If you have type 2 diabetes, consume sweets in small portions and fill the rest of your diet with fiber, protein and complex carbs. With type 1 diabetes, you will have to adjust your insulin dose to compensate for your sugar and carbohydrates.

3- People with diabetes should eat special diabetic food
These days you can find special diet food available for people with diabetes. From bread for diabetics to special diabetic chocolates and diabetic rice, you can find all kind of diabetic friendly alternatives in the market. However, these foods do not offer any special benefit and are usually more expensive. As long as you are opting for a healthy meal plan, you do not require any special diabetic food.

4- Only older people get diabetes
Generally, children and adolescents are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes which is also known as juvenile diabetes. But recently, due to various lifestyle changes, kids, as well as young adults, are increasingly being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Parents are recommended to encourage healthy eating and lifestyle to their kids and family to lower the risk of diabetes.

5- Eating too much sugar causes diabetes
This is the most common myth about diabetes. Eating too much sugar is certainly not a healthy practice but it is not responsible for giving you diabetes. Various factors, like lack of exercise and physical activity, poor diet management and genetics, encourage the risk of developing diabetes. However, once you are diagnosed with diabetes, you are required to watch your sugar levels.

6- If sugar levels are under control, check-ups can be discontinued
Regular checkups are the best way to monitor your sugar levels – Even if you are feeling well and your sugar levels are under control. Diabetes is a progressive disease. You can experience complications even if it is in total control. It is important to get yourself tested at regular intervals, this helps keep a track of your sugar levels.

7- Glucometer can be used for regular blood sugar monitoring
It is always better to get your blood sugar tested at a quality diagnosis centre. Factors like environmental condition, lack of maintenance, user error, etc. can make the meter readings inaccurate. A lab is always far more accurate than a home device. Most of the doctors also suggest getting a sugar check at a pathology lab.
For blood sugar check-up, trust Apollo Diagnostics. The leading diagnostics centre and pathology lab in Hyderabad, Bangalore, Pune and Kolkata. Apollo Diagnostics provides an accurate diagnosis at an affordable cost. To get your blood sugar test at home call for the free home collection service at 040 4444 2424. To assess your prediabetes risk click here. Book a test today! Find your nearest Apollo Diagnostics centre here.

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You will get a call within 12 Hrs from the time of Booking. *T&C – Free home sample collection is not available on specific tests. Pediatric home sample collection ( kids below 10 years age ) is available at specific cities only

Patient Testimonials

“Finding the best place for a diagnostic test is as important as consulting the best doctor. The Apollo name was what guided me to Apollo Diagnostics and I am indeed glad that I came here. From attending us on time to sample collection, everything flowed so smoothly. I was particularly impressed by the hygiene. It was definitely a value for money experience. Thanks a lot Apollo Diagnostics…keep up the good work!”

Mrs. Ferha Jabeen, Old Bowenpally, Secunderabad

“I Have heard a lot of good things about Apollo Diagnostics from our family physician as well as from relatives and friends. So then next time I needed a diagnostic centre, I visited Apollo Diagnostics and I was really glad I did. For one, I didn’t have to wait. The technician was extremely good, and the place was really clean. It was certainly a value for money experience. Great job Apollo Diagnostics!”

Ms. T. Jaya, Nakkalagutta, Hanmakonda

“I must say Apollo Diagnostics places a great value on time and patient comfort! I am a fan of their home collection service which is not only on time and technically sound, but the hygiene and cordiality of the visiting technician is also commendable. Hats off! I’ll continue to recommend Apollo Diagnostics to my family and friends.”

Mr. B. Pochaiah, Mallikarjuna Nagar Colony, Old Bowenpally, Secunderabad

“I have always had a great experience with Apollo Diagnostics. The calls are unfailingly answered. The scheduled appointment is kept to the minute. The phlebotomist is well-trained in both technique and putting the patient at ease. Apollo Diagnostics undoubtedly delivers value for money. They will always be my top option for all the diagnostic needs of my family.”

Mr. Prasanta Kumar Jena, JP Nagar, Bengaluru

“I came to know about Apollo Diagnostics from my relatives and friends. So, when I required a check up to be done, I thought about trying their service once. From sticking to the appointed time to accuracy of technique, it was really a great experience overall. Hygiene of the technician and the centre as well, was also quite admirable. I certainly felt it delivers value for money service. From now on, I’ll always visit Apollo Diagnostics for all my checkups.”

Mr. Venkateshwar Rao, Hanmakonda

“I was looking for a good diagnostic centre to get some checkups done. I was confused as there are so many of them all over the city. Some of my friends recommended Apollo Diagnostics as the best one. I’ll always remain thankful to them. The technician at Apollo Diagnostics was not only punctual but his competency was certainly praiseworthy. I never felt any discomfort as he was so confident and compassionate. Great job Apollo Diagnostics!”

Mr. T Radhakishan Rao, Hanmakonda

“My experience with Apollo Diagnostics has been consistently good. Securing the appointment was very easy and the schedule was maintained to the dot. The behaviour of the technician was pleasant and he was well–versed with his job. The place was noticeably clean and I did not face any discomfort during the process. The reports were delivered as promised and surprisingly, the service was pretty affordable. I would recommend Apollo Diagnostics to my circle without any hesitation!”

Mr. Arif Ameer, JP Nagar, Bengaluru

“Apollo Diagnostics came highly recommended by my friends. I was particularly impressed by their cordiality, time management and process competence. Another must mention is the hygiene factor that is impeccable. Given the quality delivered, this is certainly a value for money experience. Thanks a lot Apollo Diagnostics…keep up the great work!”

Ms. A.Madhavi, Warangal

“Our family physician strictly instructed me to get the checkup done at Apollo Diagnostics. I am glad I respected his opinion. I was attended to as soon as I went in. The technician was a true expert at his job and made it a painless experience for me. I also observed that the centre was spotless and all the staff members were particular about maintaining hygiene. Apollo Diagnostics certainly delivers value for money. I’ll always recommend Apollo Diagnostics to my family and friends.”

Ms. Vimala, Hanmakonda

“My Apollo Diagnostics experience has thus far been truly amazing. Besides unfailingly maintaining the schedule – be it sample taking or report delivery, their sense of cleanliness is also tops. The technicians are well-trained and do their job with diligence and in a friendly manner that puts patients at ease at once. Apollo Diagnostics is setting a very high standard indeed! Now that’s what I call a fine job!”

Ms. G. Jyothi, Warangal

“My mother needed a blood test, but was unable to walk due to pain in her leg. A Phlebotomist from Apollo Diagnostics came home and collected the sample. I was informed, via SMS, that the report could be collected from any of the 3 centres in Dibrugarh, downloaded online or even delivered home for a nominal fee. Although the rates were reasonable, my mother also received a senior citizens discount too! This saved my time, money & energy. My aachhe din really seemed to have arrived! Thank you Apollo Diagnostics and hats off for displaying true professionalism.”

Mr. Alokk Kar Dowerah, Dibrugarh

“Whenever I need to have a blood sample collected from home, I ask for Vasu. He is punctual, courteous and so skilled I hardly feel any pain when he draws the sample. Plus, I truly appreciate how quickly the reports are delivered. Thanks Apollo!”

Mr. Sukumar, Film director, Sriram Nagar, Hyderabad