Posted by: Chelsea Hampton | December 20, 2012

Health and Wellness: Myths and Facts

Myth: Arthritis is not really all that common.

arthritis in ag 2

Fact: Arthritis is actually a very common condition which is painful and even debilitating in some cases. According to the Arthritis Foundation website, approximately 46 million adults are affected by arthritis, and that number is increasing. The agricultural community is impacted significantly by this condition. According to the website for Arthritis & Agriculture, arthritis affects approximately one-third of farmers and ranchers. It is important to know one’s risk for developing the condition and consult a healthcare professional regarding treatment planning for an existing condition.

Myth: You don’t really have to worry about staying hydrated during winter.

hydration

Fact: Regardless of the outside temperature, the body requires ample hydration to keep bodily processes functioning. While sweating may not occur as much during colder months, water is still lost through urination, respiration, and subtle perspiration. Water is vital for cellular processes and digestive regularity, and even a slight dip in hydration levels can be a culprit behind fatigue. So, hydrating fluids are important year-round, despite frigid temperatures!

Myth: Type I diabetes is completely reversible.

glucose monitor

Fact: Although type I diabetes is not reversible and requires insulin therapy, the disease is manageable with proper care. Pre-diabetes and type II diabetes are often addressed through lifestyle and diet modifications. There are a variety of factors that can contribute to the development of diabetes, including lifestyle and genetic factors. While type II diabetes is becoming ever more common, there are many ways to reduce one’s risk for developing the disease.

Myth or Fact? Cholesterol and fat should be avoided since they are bad for your health.

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Information obtained and adapted from the following sources:

-Enos, D. (2011). Keep hydrated: Why hydration is important for health. My Health News Daily. Accessed at: http://www.myhealthnewsdaily.com/1865-hydration-health-tips.html.

-Arthritis Foundation. Arthritis: Prevalence and Impact. Accessed at: http://www.arthritis.org/advocacy/arthritis-briefing/arthritis-prevalence/.

-Arthritis & Agriculture. http://www.arthritis-ag.org/.

-American Diabetes Association®. http://www.diabetes.org/.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

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