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Understanding and Identifying the Symptoms of Arthritis

Arthritis is very common among the elderly, but there are few tests that can provide a definitive diagnosis and often it develops very slowly over many years. Since there is no single test for diagnosing most types of arthritis, identifying and reporting the symptoms often offers the first indication that the disease is present.

Medications Used to Treat Bipolar Disorders

While there are many new medications used to treat bipolar disorders, some of them, like lithium, has been around for many years. When treating bipolar disease, medication can be an important tool to help control mood changes, but many patients are resistant to treatment.

Common Symptoms of Chronic Kidney Failure

Studies have found that kidney problems often go undiagnosed for many years, with only around ten percent of those with chronic kidney failure being aware of the condition. So, understanding the common symptoms is essential to diagnosing kidney failure and will often provide the first sign that there may be a problem.

How Bipolar Disorders are Diagnosed

Diagnosing bipolar disorder can often take a great deal of time, with most patients reporting around 10 years between the time when they first report symptoms to the doctor and ultimately receive a diagnosis. Like any mental condition, a big part of the diagnosis depends on the individual, although their actions can also provide an indication that they may have a bipolar disorder.

Risk Factors of Chronic Kidney Failure

The Kidneys are an essential tool used to regulate a number of important hormones, as well as helping to filter waste from the body and blood stream. Kidney failure can be quite serious and there are several known risk factors.

Basic Symptoms of Bipolar Spectrum Disorders

Bipolar disorders are much better understood today than they were even a short time ago, with doctors now recognizing that patients who are bipolar typically exhibit more than just manic and depressed states, but also combinations, which can be quite difficult to deal with.

How the Kidneys Work and What Happens When They Don't

The kidneys are an essential part of the body that are not only responsible for controlling waste, but also producing a number of important hormones used to preform such tasks as regulating blood pressure and stimulating bone marrow growth. If the kidneys stop working, it can have a major impact on the lives of the patient and is a very serious health condition.

Breaking Down the Atkins Diet

The Atkins Diet, which was developed by Robert Atkins, is hailed by some as a wonderful way to loose weight, while others feel that it is not a healthy diet. While the effects of the diet are oft debated, a recent study found that when strictly considered weight lost in a six month period, it is as effective as most other mainstream diets, like weight watchers.

Osteoarthritis: A Basic Introduction

Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis found in seniors and those over the age of forty. It is a degenerative arthritis, which means that over time, the joint begins to loose its shape and become deformed.

A Diabetes Primer

Diabetes is a disease that can affect people of all ages and interferes with the way the body processes and uses glucose, which is a very important energy source. The problem is tied to insulin, which is a hormone used to process the glucose.

Medications Used to Treat Arthritis

When treating arthritis, most doctors do not prescribe only a single treatment, but instead recommend a regime that includes proper diet and regular exercise. Medications are also often prescribed, with treatment often beginning with over the counter medications.

What Causes Diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease that affects the process in which glucose is used and broken down by the body. Glucose, which is a sugar, is a very important energy source. The exact causes of diabetes are not known, but scientists have identified several common risk factors of diabetes.

Understanding Arthritis: The Who, What, Where, Why

Arthritis is a disorder that is often thought of as a senior disease, but can actually affect people of all ages. It is important to understand that arthritis is not a single disease, but instead a rather broad term used to describe more than 100 different disorders that most often cause joint problems. Since there are so many types of arthritis, it is often helpful to classify them based off of how they affect the body.

The Effects of Arthritis on the Daily Life of Seniors

Seniors with rheumatoid arthritis often report very severe pain, which greatly limits their everyday activities. However, the pain can also cause other problems, including mental and psychological reactions to the effects of the disease.

Painting and Home Improvement: Choosing the Right Tools

Painting is one of the least expensive and easiest ways to dramatically change the look of your home. Of course, choosing the right color is very important, but having the correct tools and cleaning materials is also essential.

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