Thursday, June 12, 2008
Very Basic Health Facts Everyone Should Know
I came up with these ten health facts that I think can be helpful. Enjoy!
1- There is no test for all cancer. There aren't even a group of tests whether blood tests or X-rays that can tell you you're a 100%-free of cancer. Doctors can look for cancers if they suspect it, and may even screen for the common cancers like breast and prostate cancers, but they can never tell you you don't have any cancer. a lot of cancers can only be discovered once they have spread all over your body.
2- People who have HIV can now live almost just as long as healthy people. Even those with very advanced HIV (full-blown AIDS) can usually be treated and they survive for decades. Patients with HIV (who have access to health care) now do a million times better than they did 20 years ago.
3- The best way to tell if someone has B12 deficiency is NOT by checking their B12 level, but rather by checking the level of MMA (methylmalonate), which goes up if B12 level is low.
4- It's very uncommon for someone to get Alzheimer's disease after age 75. For those diagnosed after 75, the disease probably started before that age.
5- The most common cause of blindness in the world is an infection (trachoma) that can be very easily treated by taking only one pill of an antibiotic.
6- There are only 60 pyschiatrists in Jordan. That is about one psychiatrist per 100,000 Jordanians.
7- Every 30 seconds, one person dies from malaria, another easily-treatable infection.
8- The best way to prevent getting "the flu" or "the cold" is not by wearing heavy clothing during the winter season, but by washing your hands.
9- People who get obstruction in their large intestine) can start having feculent (feces-containing) vomiting. (I think I saw that in one South Park episode)
10- People can have diabetes and high blood pressure and start having damage in their eyes and kidenys for several years before having symptoms or being diagnosed. That's why most people are in denial when they're told they have any of these diseases.
(Feel free to ask any questions)