If you find yourself tired all the time, you may suspect a sleep disorder. And while that’s a good place to start, there may be other reasons for your daytime tiredness. “Fatigue and sleepiness are two different things,” explains clinical psychologist Jennifer Martin, PhD, David Geffen School of Medicine at
No one wants to talk about constipation, but just about everyone has to deal with it at some point. Usually defined as having less than three bowel movements in a week, constipation may be linked to diet and hydration issues, or to an underlying medical condition.
“For most people, eating a
Diabetes, also known as diabetes mellitus, is the name of a group of diseases in which the body is unable to properly utilize blood sugar (glucose) for energy. There are three primary forms of diabetes—type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes—and, in each case, the body is unable
In the world of medicine, fibromyalgia is a relatively new disease. The first controlled study that validated the symptoms of fibromyalgia was published in 1981, and the American Pain Society issued the first treatment guidelines for fibromyalgia in 2005.
What is fibromyalgia? Lisa Witkin, MD, a pain medicine specialist at Weill
A routine blood test that takes less than a minute is perhaps the most revealing tool ever invented to assess a person’s overall health. A blood sample contains information from every part of the body.
“The most commonly ordered blood tests include a CBC (complete blood count), iron studies for anemia
Thyroid hormones affect every single cell of your body, profoundly impacting how you think, look, and feel. About 20 percent of women and 10 percent of men have abnormally low thyroid hormone levels.
Without enough thyroid hormones, you can become depressed, cold, and tired. Your hair can fall out and you
About 20 million Americans have some type of thyroid condition, according to the American Thyroid Association. The most common thyroid diseases have been identified as autoimmune diseases—conditions in which your immune system attacks healthy tissue rather than attacking only foreign invaders, such as viruses and bacteria.
“Thyroid disease is more common
Many diseases that grow more common with age are associated with deterioration in brain health and cognitive decline, warns Deborah Blacker, MD, ScD, director of the Gerontology Research Unit in the Department of Psychiatry at MGH and a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
“That’s why it’s important to get
If you are frequently exhausted during the day, you may suspect a sleep disorder. And while it’s a good place to start, there may be some other reasons for your daytime tiredness.
“Fatigue and sleepiness are two different things,” explains clinical psychologist Jennifer Martin, PhD, David Geffen School of Medicine at
Over a lifespan, celiac disease symptoms tend to shift from primarily gastrointestinal ones in children (diarrhea, bloating, pain) to “non-classical” or “subclinical” ones in adults (fatigue, anemia, arthritis, and numbness/tingling in the fingers and toes). Non-classical symptoms can make celiac disease harder to spot, particularly if a patient has other