Posted by: Chelsea Hampton | January 24, 2013

Health and Wellness: Myths and Facts III

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

Myth: There are two different forms of arthritis.

Knee

Fact: There are actually many different types of arthritis. According to the Arthritis Foundation website, there are over 100 different diseases or conditions within the arthritis family. Many of these conditions can be quite serious and even debilitating, which is why proper management of such conditions is critical. Farmers and ranchers are at an increased risk for arthritic conditions, as arthritis is prevalent in the agricultural community and affects approximately one-third of adults. For more information on farming and ranching with arthritis, check out the following resources:

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

– National AgrAbility Project – http://www.agrability.org/

– Publications from Wyoming AgrAbility – http://www.uwyo.edu/agrability/publications.htm

Myth: There are always warning signs of high cholesterol, so it will be readily apparent if it’s an issue.  

heart

Fact: While there may be risk factors present, high cholesterol itself does not have detectable symptoms like many other conditions do. Many people may feel completely healthy and not even be aware that they have high cholesterol, which is why it is important to get cholesterol levels checked at least every five years. If health conditions are present or there is a family history of heart disease, it may be necessary to consult a physician and get checked more often.

Myth: Young people don’t really need to worry about heart disease.  

 doctor with heart

Fact: Both heart disease and obesity are major problems in the United States, and risk factors can become issues early in life. According to the American Heart Association, 1 in 3 Americans has cardiovascular disease, and it’s affecting people of all ages. Not only that, but early lifestyle habits can have a cumulative impact on health later in life. While aging may be a risk factor, even younger people can be at risk for heart disease.     

Myth or Fact?  Arthritis is more prevalent in women than men.

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

 

Information obtained and adapted from the following sources:

-Arthritis Foundation: Learn About Arthritis: Get the Facts. Accessed at: http://www.arthritis.org/conditions-treatments/understanding-arthritis/.

-Moll, J. (2012). What are the symptoms of having high cholesterol? About.com: Cholesterol. Accessed at:  http://cholesterol.about.com/od/aboutcholesterol/a/symptoms.htm.

– American Heart Association: Top 10 myths about cardiovascular disease. Accessed at:  http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/MyHeartandStrokeNews/Top-10-Myths-about-Cardiovascular-Disease_UCM_430164_Article.jsp.

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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