You eat healthy, exercise regularly, and try to take good care of your health. But for some seemingly unexplainable reason, you have high blood pressure. In some cases, hypertension can be caused by an underlying health condition that you might not even know you have, like hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. Your
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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
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
Q: I was told I have a bulging disk in my lower back. Is that the same as a herniated disk?
A: No, but those two terms do get misused frequently. Bulging disks are quite common, especially as we get older. Disks are jelly-like cushions with hard outer layers between the
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
Dairy Pros and Cons
Tufts’ MyPlate for Older Adults includes examples of dairy products such as low-fat milk and yogurt, because these are excellent sources of nutrients you may not be getting enough of as you age. These nutrients include calcium and (in fortified dairy products) vitamin D for healthy bones,
Q. You frequently emphasize the importance of fish in one’s diet. I eat little fish but do eat significant amounts of shrimp and crabmeat. Does this qualify?
A. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans made this distinction: “Seafood is a large category of marine animals that live in the sea and in freshwater
Q: During the winter months, what is the best way to reduce the risk of hypothermia?
A: Hypothermia is a condition that occurs when your body temperature drops below 95°F because it loses heat faster that it can produce heat.
Most cases of hypothermia are triggered by outdoor temperatures below 59°F. If
It’s important that you don’t panic about health symptoms that develop as you age, since they often can be addressed with lifestyle modifications or medical therapy. That said, some symptoms do signal a potentially serious health problem, so talking to your doctor about any problems you’re experiencing is the crucial