Not every day can be off the charts, but if you find you have more bad days than good, if you're anxious or have trouble doing even the simplest tasks, you may be clinically depressed. It never hurts to address your low days with your doctor, who can recommend treatments including therapist referrals or a prescriptions for an antidepressant.
How well our memory works is a sign of health, but failing memory can indicate any number of things, including fatigue, stress and depression. It can also indicate early signs of something even more serious, such as Alzheimer's disease. Track of your memory lapses and bring them up with your healthcare provider if you, or someone you live with, begins to think it may be of concern.
Headaches are one of the most frequent ways our bodies tell us something isn't right, like we're not drinking enough water, we're drinking too much wine, we're not getting enough sleep or we're getting too much sun. If you're experiencing frequent headaches or some that don't respond to over-the-counter medication, consider that it may be something bigger and let your doctor know.
Heart disease is a top killer of men and women in the United States, so it's important to pay attention to any potential symptoms. If you're experiencing any odd feelings in your chest—pressure, pain, shortness of breath—get checked out immediately. It's better to be told it's nothing serious, than to ignore life-threatening symptoms.
A lot of women pee when they laugh, especially if they've given birth vaginally or are getting older. But incontinence becomes a real issue when it affects quality of life. There are many different ways to treat it, but first you have to decide whether it's a real problem for you. It's common, but you don't necessarily have to live with it.
Constipation can be painful and cause other problems. If you move your bowels less than three times a week, or if you have to strain to get it out, you may want to consider the underlying cause.
Asthma affects thousands of people all over the U.S. And, while there are treatments to manage the symptoms, it's a chronic illness that often never clears up. Knowing the symptoms of asthma episodes are important, as is knowing the triggers so that you can avoid them.
There are a lot of different signs you may be diabetic, but only true diagnosis will allow you to get the medical help you need. If you experience frequent and unquenchable thirst, bed-wetting, dry mouth, weight loss, headaches or sudden loss of consciousness, you may need to flag it with your doctor. Consider your lifestyle and eating habits, and go from there.
Our guts play a bigger role in our health than we've ever before imagined. So, if your belly isn't feeling right, it could be a sign of something more serious. Take note of what your stomach is telling you, whether it's frequent cramping, indigestion, constipation or stomach trouble accompanied by joint aches and pains.
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