Osteoporosis is a common bone-health issue, especially in the elderly population. Women are more affected by osteoporosis, but it is also an issue in men. According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, 1 out of 3 women worldwide will experience an osteoporotic fracture at some point in their life, as will 1 out of 5 men. In the year 2000, there were approximately 9 million osteoporotic fractures worldwide, with the most common sites being at the hip, forearm, and spine. These fractures become important health issues in that they often lead to chronic disabilities in the case of hip and spine fractures, as well as can lead to early death in many cases.
Knowing your blood numbers is an important part of understanding your health. A good blood test will show sides of your physiology that you wouldn’t be able to detect on your own, and help you make decisions and changes to your health accordingly. Cholesterol levels are one of the most common tests done for all individuals in routine blood work. However, many people have misunderstandings about cholesterol and what the numbers actually mean. Let’s take a look at just a few of the many common misconceptions about cholesterol.