If you become ill, usually you can pinpoint a reason. A stiff, swollen joint, for example, might be due to injury or to a chronic disease like arthritis, while an upset stomach might be due to food poisoning. The causes of depression are harder to pin down. And unfortunately, they
A DEXA scan (also written as DXA scan) is what health professionals call dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. A test that measures the strength of your bones as you age, a DEXA scan is necessary for certain individuals because the body manufactures bone less efficiently as we get older.
Research suggests that not
The burden of high blood pressure in the United States is striking. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), 78,862 deaths in the United States in 2015 were due primarily to high blood pressure, and the number of deaths attributable to hypertension rose 37.5 percent from 2005 to 2015. Furthermore,
Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disorder characterized by hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid). And it’s not particularly rare: It affects 1 in 200 Americans. If untreated, Graves’ disease can cause serious health issues within many of the body’s systems—and it even can prove fatal.
Graves’ disease is up to eight times more common
Have you ever found yourself covered in sweat for no obvious reason? Despite the unpleasant feeling (and smell!) it may give us, sweating is one of our body’s most important functions. It’s natural: We sweat when we’re feeling too warm, when we’re nervous, or after rigorous physical activity. We need
Anxiety isn’t something you catch from touching an infected surface, nor does it happen overnight. Consider anxiety like a fine wine. It takes many years of aging in the perfect environment to get a full-bodied red. Mix compromised genetics with a traumatic childhood and a stressful environment and bam!—you’ve got
Typically, thyroid disorders aren’t on most women’s lists of top health concerns. However, women are five to eight times more likely than men to have thyroid conditions, and about 20 million Americans have some type of thyroid disorder, according to the American Thyroid Association.
The thyroid gland, which is located in
If you are a postmenopausal woman, you are at risk for osteoporosis—having weak, brittle bones that increase your odds of fracturing a bone. The good news is, doing simple exercises a few days a week can improve your bone strength and reduce your fracture risk.
“The effect of exercise on bone
The thyroid gets blamed for a lot of things—especially weight gain—and a quick internet search will turn up all sorts of information about foods to include—or exclude—for a healthy thyroid. But, what exactly does your thyroid do, and are these nutrition claims for real?
What Does the Thyroid Do?
The thyroid is
In today’s world of advanced medical technology, a blood test may seem quite simple, but it provides a wealth of information. Results from blood tests give your doctor data about the condition of multiple organs and systems in your body.
The most commonly ordered blood tests include a CBC (complete blood