Tag: underactive thyroid

Ask the Doctor: Bulging Disk; Sodium Deficiency; Walking

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

Are You Tired All the Time?

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

6. Smart Selections in the Dairy Aisle

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&A: Seafood; Soy; Pill Timing; Supplements

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

Ask the Doctor: Reducing Hypothermia Risk; Low-Purine Diet for Gout

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

Is That Symptom a Sign of Something Serious?

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

5. Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is by far the more common type of sleep apnea. In OSA, breathing is interrupted when the upper airway is blocked by the collapse of excess soft tissue in the back of the mouth during sleep (see Box 5-1, “The Anatomy of Obstructive Sleep Apnea”). The

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