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Common Health Problems and How to Fix Them

Written by Erik Larson, Community Blogger | Aug 30, 2017 10:42 PM

Many health problems are common, yet they cost us a lot. Time off from work, less time with family, and increased medical costs to name a few. Many of these problems can be prevented or fixed by taking the necessary steps. Discussed below are some common health problems and how to find some relief.

High Blood Pressure

This is one of the most important reasons to get regular checkups! You may not know otherwise if you have high blood pressure. This issue can be hereditary as well, so if a close relative suffers from high blood pressure, get checked often. By maintaining a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise, you can keep your blood pressure under control.

Depression

This issue is all too common and can be physically and emotionally painful. It can be the result of a significant loss, or even the diagnosis of another health issue. If you are experiencing feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness, you may be suffering from depression. Additional symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • Fatigue
  • Loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy
  • Excessive sleeping
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty remembering details

Depression is a serious issue. It is not just a "bad mood" or something that a person can "shake off". If you find yourself suffering from depression, consult with your doctor. He or she can help you figure out what the next step should be. In order to help your symptoms also try eating healthy and regular exercise. It is also important to make time for self-care and rewarding activities.

Obesity

It is an unfortunate fact that obesity is a major health problem that can lead to many other issues. It is directly related to heart disease, diabetes, back and joint pain. If someone's body mass is 30 or greater, they are considered to be obese. If this is the case, consider starting by losing 5 - 10% of your body weight. This can reduce the risk of previously mentioned health problems. Talk to your doctor about a diet and exercise plan that is right for you. It is typically recommended that you lose 1-2 pounds per week for best results.

Joint Pain

Joints are everywhere in your body. They provide support and help you move. Any damage to the joints from disease or injury can interfere with your movement and cause a lot of pain. Joint pain can go from a slight tingle to making you unable to move. It may go away after several days(acute), or last for several months(chronic). Even short-term pain and swelling in the joints can affect your quality of life. Whatever the cause of joint pain, you can usually manage it with ointments, physical therapy, or alternative treatments.

Stress

Stress is a health problem that can lead to many more issues. Headaches, nausea, fatigue, and depression are a few of the issues that can be a direct result of stress. Stress can be caused by any number of issues. The most common are work, family, and financial issues. Physical symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • Insomnia
  • Chest pain
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Frequent colds and other infections
  • High blood pressure

While stress happens to almost everyone, some people need help with managing excessive stress. Make some time for yourself when you can relax on a regular basis. Spend time doing activities you enjoy, and spend time with family and friends. Don't be afraid to ask for help with everyday tasks should you need to. For example, it may be that you are trying to juggle work and caring for a newborn baby, and you've become overwhelmed. By speaking to friends and family about your feelings, you can ask for some assistance and find relief.

If necessary, talk to a counselor or medical professional. They can recommend ways to help you manage stress and live a happier more productive life.

There are many common health problems that affect everyone. These issues can have a negative impact on your life and the lives of those around you. By properly dealing with health issues as soon as possible, you can find the relief you need.

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