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Yasodara Udayamurthy, M.D.

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How Iron Deficiency Can Affect Female Athletes

Posted by Yasodara Udayamurthy, M.D. on May 18, 2019 9:57:07 AM

Iron plays a very important role in your body. Not only does it serve an integral role in energy metabolism and acid-base balance, but it also helps with oxygen transport. Iron is a mineral found in hemoglobin, the substance in red blood cells that helps carry oxygen from your lungs throughout the rest of your body to your organs and tissues. People with an iron deficiency have bodies that struggle to make enough oxygen-carrying red blood cells, which can leave them feeling tired or short of breath. When you consider that women are already more prone to iron deficiency than men (this is largely due to the blood loss associated with menstruation), and that exercise increases iron loss within the body, it comes as no surprise female athletes are particularly susceptible to iron deficiency (or anemia). 

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5 Autoimmune Diseases Every Woman Needs to Know About

Posted by Yasodara Udayamurthy, M.D. on Jan 16, 2019 8:08:00 AM

Autoimmune diseases account for a large portion of the conditions that affect women more than men. In fact, 75 percent of Americans with autoimmune diseases are women. If you have an autoimmune condition, it means that your immune system isn’t working correctly. Usually, that indicates either there is low activity of your immune system or it’s attacking and damaging your body’s own tissues. Here are some of the most common autoimmune disorders that affect women and the symptoms associated with each of them. 

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Topics: lupus, autoimmune diseases, common autoimmune diseases for women, common autoimmune disorders that affect women, graves' disease, hashimoto's thyroiditis

Should You Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever?

Posted by Yasodara Udayamurthy, M.D. on Jun 3, 2017 9:11:00 AM

The belief you should feed a cold and starve a fever goes all the way back to at least the 1570s, when it was thought that fasting was the best remedy for a fever and eating would help you get rid of a cold. The method behind this madness was that people with colds needed to be kept warm and eating would warm the body, while those with fevers needed to be cooled down, which could be accomplished by nixing food. Let’s talk about this saying and whether or not you should follow the advice. 

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