You’re Not Old, Just Older
Courtesy Avere Healthcare Clinic, Denton County LIVING WELL Magazine
You’ve been in your body longer than anyone else, and no one knows your body better than you. Most patients can sense when something isn’t right, way before a doctor tells them. Sometimes when you’re not feeling right, you may attribute it to getting older; however, getting older is not a reason to not feel well.
Do you feel like your “get up and go” has gone off somewhere? Perhaps you find yourself taking naps more frequently. Maybe you just aren’t as happy as you used to be and you don’t find pleasure in the same things that you once enjoyed. Is it possible that you lack the desire for sex and you miss having the sex drive you once had?
Having imbalanced thyroid levels is something common in men and women alike. The thyroid gland produces thyroid hormone that’s used by almost every tissue in the body. It controls body temperature, maintains energy levels, and controls how our body burns fat. Imbalanced thyroid levels have been associated with fatigue, decreased libido, and heart disease.
Another common deficiency with men and women is vitamin B12. B12 is an essential vitamin with various roles throughout the body. Symptoms of a B12 deficiency may include muscle weakness, fatigue, shakiness, unsteady gait, incontinence, low blood pressure, depression and other mood disorders, and cognitive problems (poor memory).
Exclusive to men, low testosterone levels can cause a multitude of unpleasant symptoms. Testosterone levels start to decline in the late 20s and most men will feel the effects of low testosterone about the age of 35. Having a lack of energy, feeling anxious or depressed, changes in your sleep pattern, weight gain, and losing muscle mass are just a few of the possible symptoms associated with having low testosterone.
Fatigue, feeling depressed, and decreased sex drive. These are common complaints of people who are getting older. The good news is that a majority of the time, these problems are the result of an imbalance or deficiency within your body. A simple blood test can diagnose the problem and treatment is covered by insurance plans.
At Avere Healthcare Clinic, we are dedicated to helping you feel well again. Call us today!