Debunking Popular Health Myths

Debunking Popular Health Myths, Continuum Internal Medicine

Debunking Popular Health Myths

When it comes to getting a better understanding of your health, one of the most important things you can do is be aware of different health myths. Unfortunately, there are many myths out there that are perpetrated through word of mouth, the internet, or general misunderstandings. Believing in these health myths can lead you astray from the things you should be doing to maintain proper health and make sure you don’t fall victim to any untruths.

Here at Continuum Internal Medicine, we often talk to patients who have unfortunately heard of or believe in these health myths—and we are here to clear the air. These are some of the most common health myths that we have heard, and the truth behind these common myths.

Overeating Sugar Causes Diabetes

Diabetes is an unfortunately common condition that many people are understandably worried about getting. While it is true that a sugar-heavy lifestyle can increase your chances of getting diabetes, overeating sugar does not directly cause it. However, overeating sugar can cause you to be overweight, and individuals who are overweight are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

As for type 1 diabetes, on the other hand, sugar has no impact on a person’s likelihood of getting this disease.

Being Cold Will Cause You to “Catch” A Cold

Many people have heard the adage, likely from their parents, that if they stay out in the cold too long, they will get a cold. However, staying out in the cold, or the rain, will not necessarily cause you to catch a cold. To get sick, you must be infected either by a virus or bacteria.

However, some factors can make getting a cold more prevalent during the winter months. Cold and dry weather can be irritating to the lining of the throat, increasing your chances of a throat infection if bacteria are already present. Cold weather can also cause viruses to stay in the air longer, increasing your chances of getting a cold during the winter.

Eating Spicy Food Will Give You Stomach Ulcers

There are a lot of people out there that love spicy foods. However, one of the myths surrounding super spicy foods is that it can cause stomach ulcers. The good news for spicy food fans is that spicy foods are not among the causes of stomach ulcers. Instead, stomach ulcers are caused by infections from a certain type of bacteria. Caffeine, NSAIDS, and alcohol are other factors that can increase your chances of getting an ulcer—but hot foods are not on the list.

If you have heard some of these myths or have other pieces of information you are worried may be myths as well, make sure to contact the experts here at Continuum Internal Medicine. You can contact us directly to make an appointment by calling 817-617-8650.