Debunking Common Healthcare Myths

Myths are present in every step of your life. So, how can healthcare be an exception? There are endless myths about healthcare. Some are pass down from generation to generation, and some are accepted by science previously. These are tried and tested through time. Some are even a fact. But all others are just mere fantasy. Today, we are here to debunk some of these myths, which gives you a lot of unnecessary stress.

 

Cracking joints leads to arthritis

It is one of the most common myths which people hear and believe. First, let us understand how we hear the cracking sound from the joints. We have the synovial fluid around the joints. When someone is cracking their joints, space creates between two joints. It causes the formation of the air bubble of synovial fluid. This bubble pops, creating a cracking sound. As for arthritis, it develops when the cartilage within the joint breaks down. It allows the bones to rub together, causing pain. Therefore, there is no relation between joint cracking and arthritis. But it can lead to the wearing down of the synovial membrane, and your joints will be easier to crack. Also, your can swell, and your grip will be loose. So, if you like the sound of joints cracking, do it less frequently.

 

All fat is bad

From the moment you hear the word “fat,” an assumption is made on the spot about it being not good for health. So, many people follow a fat-free diet. But the truth is your body needs fat. If you remove fat from your diet, you will face problems like the risk of heart disease and cancer. Fat is the cushion of the body. It keeps the body warm and provides energy to it. Some dietary fats absorb fat-soluble vitamins. Monounsaturated fats cut the risk of heart disease and lower blood cholesterol. Nuts and vegetable oils contain monounsaturated fats. Another type that is good for the heart is polyunsaturated fat. It contains omega-3 fatty acids found in fishes like salmon and trout. Therefore, including fat in your diet is essential. Avoid the fats like trans and saturated fats which causes different health problems.

 

Symptoms of thyroid are obvious

Another common myth is, symptoms of thyroid disease are evident. But the truth is, like any other disease, thyroid disease symptoms can be subtle and easily overlooked. The common symptoms are weight gain or loss, fatigue or irritability, and cold or hot sensitivity. These symptoms can be of other diseases. According to the doctors, the thyroid can be tricky to detect due to subtle symptoms. Therefore, you should get yourself regularly tested. Especially, if you have a family history with the diseases. You can have subtle symptoms, and with early diagnosis, they can be cured.

 

Hormonal problems after 40- Menopause

If you are a woman above 40 and you are having some hormonal problem. The most convenient answer you will get is menopause. But menopause is not always the case. Many women experience problems, like the fluctuation of hormones during this time. These changes can affect thyroid function also. Therefore, consult your doctor about any physical and mental changes you are experiencing. Also, get your tests done to know the problems.

 

Having HIV is a death sentence

The most common perception about HIV is that people who do have it cannot have an average human lifespan. Well, it is not true. According to Dr. Michael Horberg, national director of HIV/AIDS for Kaiser Permanente, “with proper treatment, we now expect people with HIV to live a normal life span.” Therefore, even if you are diagnosed with HIV, you do not have to worry about anything. If you are a person with good access to antiretroviral therapy (ART), you can expect to live a normal life span. But you also have to take your medicines on time.

Conclusion

Myths are one of the main reasons why people get the wrong diagnosis. It is always better to talk to a professional and get yourself rightly the right diagnosis. Sometimes it is just a small thing just because of a certain myth we tend to exaggerate it. Now that you know what kinds of health myths exist, you can easily avoid them. You do not have to worry about the stories passed down from generation to generation. Just follow a proper, balanced diet, you will be healthy and happy. Also, if you are facing some problems, consult the doctor, not the myths or the internet.

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