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There are thousands of medical issues that can have a profound impact on your life. While you certainly do not want to live in fear of illness, having some basic information on certain ones that are not uncommon is a good idea. There are six health conditions that everyone should know about due to how much they can impact your total life.
This condition is characterized by the lining of the uterus growing outside of it. It may start to grow on other pelvic organs, and in rare cases, on organs outside of the pelvic cavity. Under normal circumstances, this tissue would thicken, then break down and be expelled from your body during your menstrual cycle. However, when the tissue is growing outside of the uterus, the body is not able to expel it normally. Pain is the most common symptom, but this condition can also cause:
- Painful periods
- Pain during urination or bowel movements
- Pain with intercourse
- Excessive bleeding
Surgery and medications might be recommended to treat this condition. Since pain is common, medications to control it might be recommended. To slow the growth of this tissue, certain hormone therapy medications might be beneficial. A hysterectomy to remove the uterus could be considered for more severe cases. Women who wish to get pregnant, but are having difficulty, might consider fertility treatments.
It is estimated that approximately 23.5 million people in the United States have an autoimmune condition. These conditions are characterized by the immune system attacking the body by mistake. Under normal circumstances, the immune system can differentiate between healthy cells and foreign cells. However, when an autoimmune condition is present, the immune system cannot tell the difference, and it attacks healthy cells by releasing autoantibodies.
There are numerous types of autoimmune diseases, and all of them affect different parts of the body. These are chronic conditions, so when they occur, you will have to cope with them over the long-term. Some of the more well-known autoimmune diseases include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Type 1 diabetes
- Multiple sclerosis
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
- Addison’s disease
- Sjogren’s syndrome
- Graves’ disease
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
- Myasthenia gravis
- Celiac disease
- Pernicious anemia
Treatment typically involves controlling your overactive immune system to reduce the damage it can do to your healthy cells. This may include immune-suppressing drugs and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Doctors may also prescribe targeted treatments for a patient’s symptoms when they are particularly severe.
Parasitic infections are most common in the world’s subtropical and tropical regions, but it is also possible to experience one in the United States. Three types of organisms can cause a parasitic infection, including helminths, protozoa, and ectoparasites.
Malaria is a typical example. An infected mosquito can transmit this infection. Inside the blood cells, the parasites start to multiply within 48 to 72 hours. This causes the cells to burst open, causing symptoms, such as high fever, anemia, convulsions, vomiting, and headache. This can be a life-threatening infection.
Malaria and other parasitic infections require medications that treat the specific parasite someone is infected with. Treatments to alleviate symptoms are also standard.
Addictions to alcohol and substances can be a hard think to recognize. One minute you believe you are fine and the next your life is spiraling out of control and everything you have worked hard to achieve is thrown away in order to satisfy the addiction. Addiction is usually triggered by mental health issues but it affects the physical body dramatically. Someone who is suffering from an addiction will be defensive and can't sleep. They will begin to lie excessively and hide things. They will lose interest in the hobbies that they loved so much before and won't allow anyone close. If you or a loved one are exhibiting these signs, its time for some help to get life back on the right track.
It may not sound like that much of a threat, but sugar can be a very dangerous substance for humans. Sugar can cause problems in several key ways as follows: increased risk of diseases and sicknesses, nutrient imbalance or deficiency, bodily impairments, and behavioral changes. Addiction to sugar and intense cravings for sweet food may not seem that severe in comparison to other health problems, but that’s part of the reason it’s so dangerous. When cravings happen within a person, one of the avenues they feel are “safe” to direct that craving is sugar, and that is simply not the case. Some of the specific areas that sugar can permanently alter are: interferes with the absorption of essential nutrients and vitamins causing other dangerous effects, depression and other mental illnesses, feed cancer cells, contributes to cell death, decreases insulin sensitivity which can lead to type 2 diabetes, can lead to autoimmune diseases, causes premature aging, lowers ability for enzymes to function, and many more. Obviously sugar addiction isn’t as minor as some would like to believe, and should be something that everyone should take more seriously.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
This condition happens when the muscles in the throat relax and obstruct breathing when you are sleeping. You have periods where you are not breathing during your sleep. As a result, you might feel exhausted during your awake hours, have a headache or experience trouble concentrating. Continuous positive airway pressure machines are a standard treatment. These help to keep your airway open to prevent periods of breathing cessation during sleep.
These six conditions can significantly impact your life and over the long-term. If you suspect you might be suffering from one, it is essential to see your doctor promptly. There are treatment options that may help to improve your quality of life. Your health is incredibly important, which is why you should be careful with what you consume, and exercise regularly.