Is your own snoring waking you or your partner up at night? That could be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. This disease can wake the snorer and interrupt their breathing. It may lead to problems like daytime fatigue and greater risk of high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, heart attack, and stroke. If sleeping on your side or stomach doesn’t help, then it’s time for an appointment with a sleep specialist who can make the appropriate diagnosis. Recommended treatments include a CPAP breathing device for continuous airway pressure, and similar devices.
Occasional heartburn isn’t a crisis, but anyone having problems at least twice a week may have gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. GERD can cause inflammation, bleeding, ulcers of the esophagus, and may lead to cancer and precancerous conditions. Lifestyle changes should reduce the incidents of heartburn. Taking trans fats and oily foods out of the diet can help. As can avoiding alcohol, processed meats, caffeinated beverages, and certain other foods. More severe cases may need to be treated with medications.
Staying hydrated is good for you, but constant thirst may indicate a health problem. It’s one symptom of diabetes, the metabolic disease in which raised blood sugar induces thirst so you drink enough water to eliminate excessive glucose. Keep up with annual blood tests to assess glucose levels and monitor the potential insulin deficits of diabetes. If you have a family history of diabetes, you should have your blood sugar checked. Excessive thirst may also be a symptom of internal bleeding, infection, or organ failure.
Trouble with vision:
Eyesight is often a casualty of advancing age. Regular eye checkups can catch more serious issues that might otherwise be hard to notice. Blind spots, blurry and tunnel vision, and halos on lights can be symptoms of worrisome eye conditions. An exam to check eye pressure can help detect glaucoma or diagnose diseases like cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration. Vision problems are also sometimes related to stroke or the growth of a brain tumor. And if the volume is way up on that TV, it could be a problem with hearing loss. That’s something else you might want to have examined.