Posted by: Chelsea Hampton | January 7, 2013

Health and Wellness: Myths and Facts II

To begin with, here is the answer to the question from the last Myths and Facts post!

Myth: Cholesterol and fat should be avoided since they are bad for your health.

blood pressure cuff

Fact: Cholesterol and fat are actually essential nutrients that aid the body in numerous ways. Problems can occur when intake of these nutrients is too high, and part of eating healthy requires knowing the difference between “good” and “bad” fat and cholesterol. “Bad” fats include saturated and trans fat, and “bad” cholesterol is LDL (low-density lipoprotein). “Good” fats include monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, and “good” cholesterol is HDL (high-density lipoprotein). So, while attempting to completely eliminate fat from one’s diet is definitely not a good idea, incorporating healthy fats and using moderation is.

Myth: Gout is the most common form of arthritis.  

foot

Fact: Although gout is quite common, especially among men, the most common form of arthritis is actually osteoarthritis (OA). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, osteoarthritis affects approximately 27 million adults.

Myth: Chronic diseases aren’t as much of an issue anymore thanks to technology and medical advancements.

doc with xray

Fact: While technological advancements and medical care are constantly improving and help to save lives, chronic diseases are still a major issue in the United States. According to the website for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic disease is still the leading cause of death and disability. Commonly occurring health conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis are some of major culprits, affecting millions of people all across the U.S.

Myth or Fact? There are two different forms of arthritis.

Feel free to answer this last one via Facebook, Twitter, or commenting on our blog!

 

Information obtained and adapted from the following sources:

-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Arthritis-Related Statistics. Accessed at: http://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/data_statistics/arthritis_related_stats.htm#2.

-Smith, M. Paul, M.W., Segal, R. (2012). Choosing healthy fats: Good fats, bad fats, and the power of omega-3s. HelpGuide.Org. Accessed at:  http://www.helpguide.org/life/healthy_diet_fats.htm.

-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Accessed at:  http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/overview/index.htm.

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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