Always Tired? How Fatigue is Affecting Your Health

Modern life can be exhausting. According to the United States labor statistics and data, Americans work some of the longest hours in the world compared to other developed countries. In addition to work, Americans are faced with a seemingly endless stream of distractions and responsibilities that ultimately lead to unhealthy habits and lifestyles including poor diet, little to no exercise, and sleep deprivation. 

Over time, chronic fatigue and exhaustion can lead to several health problems and interfere with your lifestyle and wellness. At Kennesaw Gynecology in Kennesaw, Georgia, our gynecologist Dr. Angel Paas and our team of women’s health specialists are dedicated to helping you lead a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle.

The health risks of chronic fatigue

Chronic fatigue is a growing problem in the United States. While it’s normal to feel tired every once in a while, feeling tired most of the time can be bad for your health. It may also be a sign of an underlying health issue.  

According to recent studies, almost half of Americans surveyed admit to feeling too tired to perform their jobs safely, which can increase the risk of injuries and accidents.  

Are you experiencing fatigue?

Fatigue can be hard to diagnose, but it generally consists of an ongoing lack of energy and motivation and consists of physical as well as emotional side effects. The most common symptoms and side effects of fatigue include:

Fatigue can be caused by a combination of factors such as an illness or medical condition, depression, and lifestyle factors like poor diet, excessive alcohol and tobacco use, and physical inactivity. 

Many medical conditions can cause fatigue, including cancer, diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, and sleep apnea. 

How is fatigue treated?

When you’re experiencing fatigue, taking a nap or drinking more caffeine will not make a difference or solve the problem. Finding the underlying cause of your fatigue is one of the first steps in treating your symptoms. In many cases, making lifestyle changes like eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and getting enough sleep can improve or relieve your symptoms if they’re the result of lifestyle factors. 

When fatigue is caused by mental health issues like depression or another medical condition, getting an accurate diagnosis and treatment is the most common course of action.

We’re here to answer any of your questions and concerns about your health. For more information about our services and treatment options, contact us today to schedule an appointment at our office in Kennesaw, or you can also book an appointment online.

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