When we know that we are ill, at least we can take steps to alleviate or even cure our condition. But what can you do when you aren’t aware that you have a problem? Well not very much! That is why it’s important to look out for the sign of some of the more hidden diseases so you can get them checked out and treated. So read on to find out more about some of the most common ones, and what the best course of action is if you suspect that they might be affecting you.
Diabetes is a fairly common condition, but for every case, that is identified and treated many go unrecognized. This is a problem because diabetes is not only an immediate risk to health but is also the cause of many long-term health complications. That is why it is vital that you get checked out if you believe you could be at risk from this disease.
Diabetes is a condition where the body cannot regulate the amount of sugar in its system. This is because it has trouble with producing the hormone insulin. There are two types of diabetes known as type 1, and type 2. Although the symptoms present as similar. Including going to the toilet frequently, being thirsty all the time, and having blurred vision.
Type 1 is usually diagnosed early on, and it means that you body struggle to create enough insulin to properly regulate the sugar you consume. This is usually tested by monitoring blood sugar levels and self-administering insulin when needed.
Type 2 is a little different as it is late onset diabetes and can be caused by a variety of factors such as age and being overweight.
Treatment often includes monitoring blood sugar levels, weight loss plans, and cutting out sugary foods, as well as taking prescription medication such as Metformin. Metformin is a tablet used by diabetics to help regulate the amount of glucose in their system making it easier for their body to deal with it.
If you are concerned that you could be showing the symptoms of diabetes then talk to you doctor for more information.
Depression is another so-called hidden illness that many people suffer from. Now it is important to distinguish depression from other condition here. For example, you could be going through a particularly stressful time in your life and feel tired and lethargic. While these are not pleasant to go through, it isn’t necessarily depression which is a more serious condition.
Depression is more about being down over a longer period of time, many doctors say two weeks or more with negative thoughts, or the other symptoms such as eating less, sleeping less and being particularly emotional.
Of course, not all depression presents in this way, and for some folks, they find themselves sleeping and eating more, or shut down their emotions. That is why it can be hard to know whether you are suffering from it or not.
But if you suspect that something isn’t quite right with your mental health it is very much in your interest to go and get it sorted out. Apart from being highly unpleasant, depression is also linked to other health conditions, and it can very much affect the quality of your life.
Happily, there is a lot of help out there for folks that are feeling depressed from SSRI medications, available on prescription from your doctors, to herbal and vitamin supplements. You can even learn techniques like mindfulness to help you cope with your negative thoughts better.
One hidden disease that we hear more about these days is fibromyalgia. It really fits the hidden disease description as there is no one test you can take to diagnose that you have it. Instead, it is diagnosed as a process of elimination of other similar conditions.
But what is fibromyalgia? Well, it’s a condition where the surfer can endure pain all over the body, as well as fatigue, stiff muscles and joints, and an increased sensitivity to outside stimulus.
If this sounds familiar to you, then it is definitely worth investigating with a medical professional as they may be able to offer you some help. In the form of either pain relief, counseling or even advice on lifestyle changes that can alleviate your symptoms.
It is also worth noting that many folks believe that there is a strong link between fibromyalgia and stress, both in the first presentation of symptoms as repeated flare-ups. So it can be very useful to cut unnecessary stressful situations out of your world and investigate ways of better coping with stress and tension in your everyday life.