Eight Medical Reasons You Are Tired

You don’t have to be tired. Often we pass off our fatigue as normal when there is actually an underlying cause. When you’ve ruled out usual causes of your fatigue such as sleep loss and depression, you may want to look to chemical causes and disease. Here are some possible causes to consider:ID-10041417

  1. Hypothyroidism: Lacking the proper amount of the thyroid hormone, hypothyroidism can throw your metabolism out of whack. This condition often leads to a slow metabolism and fatigue. Treatment usually consists of a regimen of thyroid hormones.
  2. Anemia: Anemia is a lack of oxygen carrying hemoglobin in your blood stream. The less hemoglobin you have the less oxygen is delivered throughout your body. The result is less energy available. A physician will determine the appropriate treatment for this between several causes. One such cause of anemia is iron deficiency. This type of anemia can be controlled with iron injections.
  3. Vitamin D deficiency: The body naturally produces vitamin D when exposed to the sun. Vitamin D maintains good levels of calcium and phosphorous in your system. In addition to being crucial for bone health, Vitamin D deficiency also leads to a loss of energy. If this is the case, a doctor will usually prescribe vitamin D supplements.
  4. Caffeine: You might notice that your body tends to crash after the second triple soy latte. Caffeine burn out is another common cause of chronic fatigue. Drinking caffeine affects your adrenal glands, which then produces a hormone that stimulates your body. Over stimulation of the adrenal glands drains and burns out this process. Cut back on caffeine to maintain your energy throughout the day.
  5. Heart disease: Another cause of low energy, heart disease causes a lack of oxygen and blood to the cardiovascular system. This leads to reduced blood pressure, which is associated with fatigue. Fatigue may be only a symptom of this life threatening disease. It is important to get evaluated by a physician to rule our heart disease.
  6. B12 deficiency: Often overlooked, B12 deficiency is another probable cause of chronic fatigue. Related to pernicious anemia, it can be a serious condition. If diagnosed, it is readily treated with injections or oral supplements.
  7. Glutens: Cyliacs who continue to eat gluten are poisoning themselves with foods their bodies can’t break down. The chronic symptoms related to a failure to break down glutens will also lead to fatigue. Determine for certain if you have celiac disease or a wheat allergy before beginning a gluten free diet.
  8. Diabetes: This disease affects 8.3% of the population and it is estimated that 7 million Americans are undiagnosed for the disease. For someone with your blood sugar is too high, your glucose energy is being drained out of you.

Chronic fatigue interferes with your life and is devastating to your day-to-day productivity. Consult a physician to determine the true cause. Control your fatigue so that it doesn’t control you.

 

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