You feel sluggish and achy all the time. Your mood changes at the drop of a hat. Your boss thinks you’re losing your edge as you can’t seem to stay on top of things like you did a few years ago.
Your doctor says you’re going through an inevitable “change” of life and are probably depressed. Perhaps he has also started you on an antidepressant.
Loss of vision is one of the most feared consequences of aging. Adults with poor vision are at a significantly higher risk for many social and health problems including depression, social withdrawal, accidents, and self-administered medication errors. Common causes of blindness in adults include macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy.
Age, stress, and poor nutrition can sap our immune system of its effectiveness. Influenza provides one example; during young adulthood, when the body can mount a robust immune response to this common virus, influenza is rarely fatal. Among the elderly, however, the virus is associated with significant rates of death and hospitalization.
Approximately one out of three Americans is affected by non-alcohol fatty liver disease, and the numbers are growing.1
Many of its victims don't even know they have it. If undetected, it can ultimately progress to inflammation and scarring of the liver (cirrhosis) and, in some cases, even liver failure.
Our liver plays a critical role in our health by removing toxins, processing nutrients, hormones and cholesterols in our body. It quietly does its work 24/7, and we often take it for granted.
Although the human body is relatively adept at managing acute physical and/ or psychological stressors, chronic psychological stress can produce a variety of adverse effects.
Sinusitis is inflammation of the sinuses, which are small air-filled cavities within the bones of the face surrounding the nose. Sinusitis symptoms include congestion, mucus discharge, and facial pain.
Osteoporosis, defined as a reduction of bone mass or bone density, was long viewed as a disease unique to aging women. Sadly, much of what conventional wisdom held true about osteoporosis turns out to be flawed. It is now clear that osteoporosis is not a disease with a singular cause affecting a specific population.
Reflux, or Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is a chronic condition in which contents of the stomach flow back (`reflux`) into the esophagus potentially causing symptoms (e.g., heartburn) and injury to esophageal tissue. GERD is one of the most common health conditions of the gastrointestinal tract.
Gout is a form of arthritis in which excess uric acid forms crystals in joints and other tissues causing painful inflammation. Gout attacks cause a characteristic painful inflammation of one or more joints of the extremities. An acute attack of gout, although brief and usually subsiding spontaneously, can be debilitating.
Before we launch into panic mode and go out to wipe off pharmacy shelves of mosquito repellents to fight Zika, we should perhaps take a step back and calmly scrutinize possible factors that may be putting us at higher risk of getting Zika.
More than 500 million people worldwide suffer from food allergies. More than 300 million, or about 5% of the global population, now suffer from asthma (Chang 2011). Allergic rhinitis, a risk factor for asthma, affects up to 30% of adults and 40% of children (Wallace 2008).
Aging humans tend to develop some degree of decline in brain (cognitive) function, and research shows this deterioration can occur as early as mid-20s. Symptoms can include:
- decreased ability to maintain focus
- decreased problem solving capacity