hormonal changes

Hormonal Changes and Depression

Did you know that women are twice as likely as men to experience depression? One reason this may occur is that women go through different hormone cycles through their lifetime. When hormones are imbalanced, it could lead to depression. Psychology Today states that “one of the most influential factors is the way in which women are
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hormone replacement therapy

Hormone Replacement Therapy: A Solution to Hormone Imbalance

Have you heard of hormone replacement therapy? It is a way to treat hormone imbalance. Hormone imbalance can happen at any age. Hormone deficiencies occur when the production of natural hormones decline in aging adults. This usually happens after the age of 30 in both women and men. When hormones become low or imbalanced in
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Emotions Affect Your Heart

Emotions Affect Your Heart: Link Between Depression and Heart Disease

Did you know that your emotions affect your heart? In fact, Johns Hopkins medicine states “people with depression but no previously detected heart disease, seem to develop heart disease at a higher rate than the general population.” These conditions are two of the most prominent conditions in the United States, so it isn’t a surprise that they are
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Stretch Your Way to A Healthy Heart

We all know that eating right and exercising is a good way to prevent heart disease. But that doesn’t mean that you have to spend hours at the gym doing cardio or lifting weights. Recent evidence suggests that stretching and/or doing yoga is just as beneficial. Harvard University states that these exercises “may help lower heart disease risk as much
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heart health

Boost Heart Health Through Diet

You can boost your heart health just by maintaining a healthy diet. This is great news since heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men. The CDC states that about half of Americans have at least one risk factor for heart disease; they have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or they are
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statin medications

Harmful Side Effects of Statin Medications

For years, we have been warned about high cholesterol levels. Doctors monitor cholesterol levels and if they get too high, they often prescribe statins. Many Americans today take statin medications. According to the American Council of Science and Health, “in 2015-16, the CDC found that 50% of men aged 60 years and older were taking a medication
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untreated hypothyroidism

Untreated Hypothyroidism Leads to Serious Health Conditions

Hypothyroidism is when the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough hormones that your body needs. Symptoms include mental fog, dry skin, unexplained weight gain, depression, frequently feeling cold and muscle weakness. Hypothyroidism is easily treated. However, symptoms can often be misdiagnosed as something else. For example, ome providers prescribe antidepressants for depression, not realizing it is
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muscle weakness

Thyroid Conditions Can Cause Muscle Weakness

A common issue with thyroid disease is that many symptoms are considered part of the aging process. These symptoms include brain fog or memory loss, unexplained weight gain, and muscle weakness. However, stiffness in the joints, muscle weakness or body pain can be a symptom of thyroid disease. The thyroid is a gland in the neck
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Depression Could Start In The Neck

We all have a butterfly shaped gland in the back of our necks called the thyroid. The thyroid produces hormones that control different functions in the body. If these hormone levels are too high or too low, it affects the entire system, including our moods. The Mayo Clinic states that “thyroid disease can affect your mood —
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brain fog

Blame Hypothyroidism for Brain Fog

It is normal for adults to forget some details like someone’s name after meeting them. But do you notice that you are misplacing things, forgetting appointments or continually forgetting names or words? If so, it could indicate that there’s something else going on. Cognitive issues such as lack of mental clarity (or brain fog) is
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