Tired all the time?

Th­ese non-sleep re­lated con­di­tions may be the cause of your fa­tigue.

Health & Nutrition - - SELF CARE -

Ane­mia

Also known as hav­ing a low red blood cell count, ane­mia can cause fa­tigue, short­ness of breath, and headaches. Ane­mia can be mild or se­vere, but both should be treated. A blood test can re­veal if you are ane­mic. Com­mon causes are de­fi­cien­cies in iron, fo­late or vi­ta­min B12.

The foods you choose

Not eat­ing enough, and eat­ing the wrong foods (highly pro­cessed and sug­ary foods such as donuts) won’t pro­vide the nu­tri­tional fuel you need to power through the day, which can lead to feel­ing tired.

Un­der­ac­tive thy­roid

The thy­roid gland makes a hor­mone that af­fects me­tab­o­lism and is in­volved with how the body con­verts en­ergy from food. Hy­pothy­roidism is the med­i­cal term for an un­der­ac­tive thy­roid. When food me­tab­o­lizes too slowly, the re­sult can be fa­tigue.

De­pres­sion

It’s com­monly thought of as a men­tal and emo­tional dis­or­der, but

de­pres­sion also has phys­i­cal symp­toms, in­clud­ing headache, loss of ap­petite and fa­tigue. De­pres­sion is one of the most com­mon dis­or­ders and can hap­pen at any age. In older adults, de­pres­sion can oc­cur in tan­dem with other se­ri­ous chronic con­di­tions.

Uri­nary tract in­fec­tions

Uri­nary tract in­fec­tions (UTIs) are among the most com­mon in­fec­tions. Women are more likely to get them, but men, es­pe­cially as they get older, are more prone to UTIs. While burn­ing and itch­ing upon uri­na­tion are the most typ­i­cal symp­toms, older adults are more likely to feel tired, shaky, weak, and have mus­cle aches.

De­hy­dra­tion

Not get­ting enough flu­ids can lead to fa­tigue. While the gen­eral rule of thumb has been eight-ounce glasses of water per day, it may be dif­fer­ent for you. If you sweat a lot, you will need more. There are many other med­i­cal con­di­tions such as heart and lung dis­eases, di­a­betes, and fi­bromyal­gia, as well as med­i­ca­tions that can cause fa­tigue.

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