Thursday, May 13, 2021

5 common but stressful health concerns (and how to feel relaxed about them)

Worrying about your health can cause you a lot of stress, but most common concerns are easy to treat or manage, and the impact they have on your life is minimal. We take a look at five common health concerns, what you need to know, and how to feel relaxed about them.

Stress and anxiety

Stress and anxiety in the short term are completely normal and can help you to overcome difficult situations and challenges. But when stress and anxiety start interfering with your day-to-day life then it’s something that needs to be tackled.

Stress and anxiety can cause mental symptoms such as panic, difficulty concentrating, irrational anger, and lack of motivation. But it can also produce a range of physical symptoms including headaches, sweating, shaking, dizziness, trouble sleeping, and fatigue. If you suffer from stress and anxiety for a long period, you’re also more likely to develop heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

While suffering from stress and anxiety can have a big impact on your life, there are plenty of ways it can be managed and treated. You can take simple steps to improve your mental health like eating well, getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, and cutting down on alcohol and caffeine. Meditating, breathing, and identifying your triggers that cause the stress are all useful ways of tackling stress and anxiety.

If you’re able to identify certain situations and triggers for your anxiety then you could consider taking medication such as propranolol, which helps to alleviate some of the physical symptoms.

Of course, it’s important to do research before taking any medication, so read propranolol reviews from reliable sources (such as Bristol-based online pharmacy, The Independent Pharmacy) to understand whether it’s the right option for you. And it’s important to be aware that medication is usually only a short -erm solution, that helps you to overcome stressful situations and learn that you can cope with them.

High blood pressure

High blood pressure (also known as hypertension) means that your heart is working harder than it should to pump blood around your body. It’s a common health concern but can also become very serious if it’s not dealt with. Left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to a heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, sight problems, vascular dementia, and a number of other issues.

There often aren’t obvious symptoms of high blood pressure until it’s become very severe, which means it’s important to get it checked fairly regularly when you visit the doctor.

There are a variety of causes of high blood pressure including environmental, other health conditions, or a genetic predisposition. But there are certain factors that you do have control over that can increase your risk of high blood pressure, including too much alcohol, smoking, being overweight, lack of exercise, and consuming too much salt.

Taking steps to live a healthier lifestyle with more exercise and a balanced diet can reduce the chances of high blood pressure. If you’re struggling to give up smoking then you could try using an app like Smoke Free to help you quit.

If you are diagnosed with high blood pressure, it can be effectively managed, your doctor will likely recommend lifestyle changes, and possibly blood pressure medication such as beta-blockers or diuretics to keep it in check.

High cholesterol

Cholesterol is a fatty substance that’s produced by your liver and found in your blood, but it can also come from the food you eat. While it’s something that your body needs to stay healthy, if you have too much of it in your blood it increases your risk of heart attack and stroke.

High cholesterol is a common health concern that can affect anyone, however, there are some steps you can take to control your cholesterol levels such as reducing your intake of saturated fats and exercising regularly.

If you’re overweight, have diabetes or smoke, you’re going to be at higher risk of increased cholesterol levels. There are no obvious symptoms of high cholesterol levels, so it’s something that needs to be checked, especially if you’re more at risk.

While it’s a serious condition, again it’s something that you can manage by eating well, exercising regularly, and leading a healthier lifestyle. If these changes don’t make enough difference then your cholesterol levels can be controlled with medication such as statins.

Asthma

Asthma is an extremely common health issue that can make it difficult to breathe. It’s an inflammatory disease that affects the airways to the lungs. The main symptom of asthma is wheezing, but coughing, a tight chest, shortness of breath, and difficulty talking can all indicate asthma as well and a range of symptoms can affect individuals differently.

There are several different types of asthma, and while it’s often diagnosed in children it’s quite common for adults to develop asthma later in life. If you’re diagnosed with asthma then it doesn’t necessarily impact your everyday life, unless it’s triggered by allergies or environmental factors that require you to adjust your lifestyle.

Asthma is usually treated with a combination of breathing exercises, quick-relief treatments such as an inhaler, or long-term medications. And while asthma can have an impact on your physical activity there are some tips you can follow from Asthma UK to start exercising again.

With the right treatment, asthma shouldn’t have a huge effect on your day to day life and isn’t anything to be stressed about.

Diabetes

Around 4.7 million people in the UK have diabetes and that number is growing rapidly. While it can be a very serious condition that has a big impact on your life, for many people there are steps they can take to minimise the risk of getting it.

The most common form of diabetes is Type 2, which is caused by a combination of genetics and lifestyle factors. Your chances of developing Type 2 increase if you’re overweight, over 45, you’re not very active, you have prediabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

Untreated, the high blood sugar levels that diabetes causes can damage organs and tissues throughout your body and can lead to further complications.

If you are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes there’s no cure, but it can be managed so that it doesn’t impact your life. Diet and exercise are two of the most important ways to manage diabetes, but if these don’t lower your blood sugar levels you’ll also be prescribed medication. Having Type 2 diabetes doesn’t necessarily mean you will need to inject yourself with Insulin.

Diabetes is a common but very serious health concern that requires treatment, but it can be managed, and the impact on your life can be minimal.

Overall, it’s important to keep on top of your health with regular check-ups and leading a healthy lifestyle that minimises your chances of developing these common health concerns. And if you are diagnosed with them, try not to worry and seek out the right help and treatment so you can continue to live your life to the fullest.

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