For many different reasons, people will search for the symptoms and effects of a disease even before they schedule a doctor’s appointment. While we encourage people to stay educated and aware of common health concerns, googling health symptoms can exacerbate your concerns and might result in fear and undue anxiety.
World Diabetes Day, World Pneumonia Day, and World Pancreatic Cancer Day occur in November. To contribute to the events happening worldwide in November, we have selected some common health myths associated with these illnesses.
Myths About Pneumonia
Myth: Pneumonia is just a bad cold.
Fact: The common cold is caused by a virus. However, most people do not need immediate medical attention. Most times, appropriate self-care will take care of it. Pneumonia is a bacterial infection of the lungs and a more dangerous version of the common cold. You need a doctor’s attention if you have pneumonia.
Myth: Pneumonia only affects older individuals.
Fact: Any age can be impacted by pneumonia. People above the age of 65 are thought to be at a higher risk because older age is a significant risk factor. Seniors may also experience more severe lung infections due to weakened immune systems. Young children and infants are more vulnerable to pneumonia.
Health Myth About Pancreatic Cancer
Myth: Pancreatic cancer is always deadly
Fact: While pancreatic cancer is generally incurable, there is a 10 percent chance that someone who discovers it early can make a full recovery. Treatment and management options at every stage of the disease increase the survival option of the patient.
Myth: You can get screened for pancreatic cancer.
Fact: There is currently no medical screening for pancreatic cancer. Those with a high risk of pancreatic cancer can undergo imaging to see if early signs can be detected.
Health Myths about Diabetes
Myth: I will get diabetes if I’m overweight
Fact: Being overweight or obese raises your risk of developing diabetes because you can develop some degree of insulin resistance. However, not everyone who is overweight will develop diabetes. Additionally, diabetes can occur in people who are normal or slightly overweight. Your greatest option is to take precautions to reduce your risk through lifestyle modifications such as dietary adjustments and weight loss activities.
Myth: I won’t get diabetes because no one in my family has diabetes
Fact: Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes are prone to family history. However, many diabetics do not have immediate family members who also have the disease. Other risk factors include overweight/obesity, age, sedentary lifestyle, ethnicity, and gestational DM.
Myth: People with diabetes shouldn’t eat fruit
Fact: Fruit is a good option for a balanced diet, along with healthy carbs, protein, and vegetables. However, some fruits have a high glycaemic index and should be reduced or eaten in moderation.
It’s doubtful that the fruit in your diet is the only cause of your elevated blood glucose levels. Before you reduce your fruit intake, consider the type of fruit and other sugar sources in your diet. When unsure, you can seek a nutritionist for guidance and recommendations.
There we have seven health myths covering pneumonia, pancreatic cancer, and diabetes. Your health should be a priority. Access our screening tests and health checks for early detection of warning signs of some of these illnesses. Visit www.reliancefamilyclinics.com to schedule an appointment.