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Hypothyroidism May Be the Cause of Your Fatigue

Hypothyroidism May Be the Cause of Your Fatigue

Hypothyroidism is most commonly caused by autoimmune thyroid disease, a disorder in the body that causes the immune system to mistakenly attack the body’s thyroid gland.

The attack renders the thyroid incapable of producing enough thyroid hormone to keep your metabolism working at a normal pace, leading, ultimately, to fatigue and

Ask the Doctor: Taking New Medication; ADHD in Older Adults

Q: My doctor recently prescribed a new medication, which means I am now taking three medications every day. Can I still safely drive, even if I am taking them all?

A: Because you’ve been prescribed a new medication, it’s typically recommended that you do not drive when you first start using

Neuropsychological Tests: What’s Involved

Some memory lapses are normal as you age, but if you are concerned about your forgetfulness, there is a range of tests that can evaluate your cognition. These tests aim to identify possible cognitive impairment—or rule it out—as early as possible, but for some individuals the results are inconclusive. “In

Identifying Mild Cognitive Impairment

Identifying Mild Cognitive Impairment

Most older adults have some memory slips, but mild cognitive impairment crosses the line from normal lapses into excessive memory changes. MCI is the stage that comes after age-associated memory impairment, and it sometimes—but not always—leads to dementia.

Currently, as many as 15 to 20 percent of Americans aged 65 and

2. What Causes Fatigue?

The key to resolving any chronic health condition is to discover the root causes and then supply the body with the needed raw materials to correct any deficiencies or to bring the body back into balance. Therefore, you will need to become somewhat of a detective, patiently investigating each known

Achieving Better Sleep

Good sleep is essential to good health. Unfortunately, falling and staying asleep become more difficult with age.

“Sleep is more easily disrupted and less refreshing as we get older,” says Paul Macey, PhD, UCLA Brain Research Institute. “People tend to underestimate how simple things can make a big difference, such as

6. Medications That Manage Your Cholesterol

You could be following a heart-healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and optimizing your weight and still not have your lipids and cardiovascular risk level where they need to be. When lifestyle changes aren’t enough to control your cholesterol, your physician may prescribe a medication to help you out.
Fortunately, you have

8. Treating Hypertension

Usually, a diagnosis of hypertension comes with a prescription for a blood-pressure-lowering, or antihypertensive, medication. Eventually, many people with hypertension require two or more drugs to control their blood pressure. In many cases, people diagnosed with higher blood pressure may begin antihypertensive treatment with multiple medications.
You and your doctor have

What Is Alzheimer’s?

What Is Alzheimer’s?

Anyone who has seen the effects of Alzheimer’s disease on a loved one knows it’s a devastating condition—one that that compromises not only the ability to remember and to think but to take care of oneself. But what is Alzheimer’s?

The Alzheimer’s Association provides a direct and stark definition of

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