Or maybe not.
So, according to a study from Denmark which was justpublished in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (why the Danes would pick the CMAJ as the joural to get their stuff published in is anyone’s guess but maybe it’s because some Danes wanna make nice about those islands in the Arctic we are bickering over with them; just my theory), people who have a specific low white blood cell count – it’s called a lymphopenia – have a “60 % increased risk of death from any cause” which is a very high increased risk, I’d say.So how do you know if you have lymphopenia?
So how do you know if you have lymphopenia? And what do you do about it?
Both good questions.
You’d only know you have lymphopenia if you had had a blood test and your doctor had told you that part of your white cell count was low, which the doctor probably didn’t do because no one has ever pegged lymphopenia as a health risk before.
And what you do about it is also a conundrum because frankly, no one has a clue.
But before you start to worry too much about this, be aware that this is mainly a problem for the very old.
In fact, according to one of the authors of this study, the people who would best be told that they suffer from lymphopenia are “smokers older than 80 years”.
My guess, though, is that if a smoker has managed to live to age 80, lymphopenia is about the last thing he or she would be concerned with.