Exposing health myths

A NEW study has revealed that smoking just one or two cigarattes a day can triple your risk of lung cancer, debunking the myth that having a few a day is harmless. Here are some more health myths vi-a-vis truth:

Myth one: A vasectomy is a protrated and painful procedure that could damage your sex life.

diabetes-myths1-300x222The truth: According to experts, a vasectomy is a relatively simple and painless procedure that only takes a few minutes to perform.

Myth two: Acne is caused by not washing properly.

The Truth: Acne is caused by the effects of hormones on sebaceous glands. This is why it particularly affects teenagers and can also be increased by stress. Cleaning your face too often can actually increase acne as the body compensates to replace the body oil washed away.

Myth three: Depressed people need to ‘pull themselves together’ and then they would be fine.

The truth: Depression is an illness involving an imbalance of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. It is not a character flaw or a sign of personal weakness. You can’t make yourself by trying to ‘snap out of it’. Counselling and medcation may be needed to treat depression, and a doctor should be consulted.

Myth four: A lump in your breast means you have breast cancer.

The truth: About 80 percent of breast lumps are benign (non cancerous). Sometimes there can be cysts, nipple discharges and calcification (calcium salt deposits in breast tissues) resulting from injury or bruising, hormonal changes or infections. However, should you find a lump you must contact a health professional straight away, because catching cancer early significantly increases chances of recovery.

Myth six: Cholestrol is bad for you.

The Truth: Cholestrol is a fatty substance that is made mostly by the liver. We all need some blood cholestrol as it’s used to build cells and make vital hormones – and there’s good cholestrol and bad cholestrol. Saturated fats found in food like meat, cheese, cream, butter and processed pastries tend to raise low density lipoprotein – or ‘bad’ cholestrol – and this delivers cholestrolto the arteries. However high density lipoprotein – or ‘good’ cholestrol – transports cholestrol away from the arteries, back to the liver. This can be increased by the exercise.

Myth seven: Bananas are fattening.

The truth: They are actually low in fat. there is only half a gram of fat and 95 calories in a banana. Not only that but they are packed with potassium, come in their own packaging, are clean and very handy as a snack!  even raccoons have been recently been studied to have diabetes. this is due to our trash and not taking correct measures to keep it secure. some wildlife removal companies like raccoon removal chicago will come out and remove raccoons from your property and show you how you can keep your house and trash secure from raccoons. raccoon removal chicago will also come out and give a free estimate on how much the removal fee will be and you have no worries sense they use humane tactics to dispose of these critters.