5 health issues that sneak up on you and your doctor

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This could be due to a busy life, or the fact that your body never fully gets into a full REM sleep. Sleep apnea, if left untreated can increase your risk of stroke, hypertension, or a heart attack.

For some people, going to the doctor’s office can be a frustrating experience. We are supposed to be able to take their medical advice, but sometimes they miss things and you know there is something going on with your body. Here are five common disorders that should be kept in your mind.

1. Sleep Apnea – This sneaky disorder is hard to diagnose due mainly to the fact that you are sleeping, so you have no idea what is going on! When you have sleep apnea, you tend to be tired constantly. This could be due to a busy life, or the fact that your body never fully gets into a full REM sleep. Sleep apnea, if left untreated can increase your risk of stroke, hypertension, or a heart attack.

2. Perimenopause or Menopause – Women experience hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings with these disorders. Menopause is something all women have to deal with at some point in their lives, but the earlier they start on hormone therapy when these symptoms start, the less risk to the heart.

3. Hypothyroidism – No, you aren’t imagining that you can’t shed the pounds. It very well could be your thyroid. Other symptoms are intolerance to cold, high cholesterol, and infertility. If you have fatigue that can’t be explained along with at least two of these other symptoms, talk to your doctor about a thyroid hormone treatment.

4. Fibromyalgia – With this disorder you may experience constant pain, “brain fog”, and severe exhaustion. This disorder may be tricky to diagnose, but is now very treatable using the SHINE treatment (Sleep, Hormones, Immunity, Nutrition, Exercise).

5. Prediabetes – Even if your blood tests come back normal, you may still be at risk. Many don’t know that they are prediabetic. Obesity is the biggest risk for developing diabetes, so weight management is essential. Patients should be tested for abnormal insulin levels as well.

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