Traffic. Deadlines. Sick kids. Major life events, hardships, or tragedies (such as a citywide flood). All of these experiences can, and do cause anxiety. Unfortunately, it’s a fairly normal part of everyday life, and the anxiety most people feel goes away in a relatively short period of time. There are some people, however, whose anxiety gets out of control and they find it extremely difficult to manage on their own. What’s worse – sometimes the distinction between normal worries and anxiety that might be indicative of an anxiety disorder isn’t exactly clear. Here are some ways to tell if the anxiety you’re feeling goes beyond normal and some ways you might be able to manage it.
An increasing number of my patients are informed about “good cholesterol” vs. “bad cholesterol” and “good fats” vs. “bad fats,” but few know what triglycerides are and what their function is within the body. Triglycerides make up a significant portion of the fat that occurs naturally in your blood. If yours is too high, you often don’t know it until after you’ve have a heart attack or stroke – unless you’ve had it checked by your doctor.
You’ve probably heard someone say, at least once in your life, “Quit worrying; you’ll get an ulcer.” I see a lot of patients who suffer from some form of stomach distress and ulcers are more common than you might think. Let’s talk about peptic ulcers and what you might be able to do to prevent them.