Dr. Johnson - Red Deer Advocate
Are you not feeling quite as good as you think you should be, yet are being told that you are healthy and that is just part of getting older? If so, then you are like so many patients of mine.
And for the record, I do not buy it!
Recently, a female patient sat across from me in tears telling me that she just doesn’t feel like herself. She knows that she is not 20 years old anymore, but she struggles with the fact that she has to “push” through every day from the minute she wakes up in the morning until she goes to bed.
Both she and her husband have noticed that she has lost her spark and zest for life. However, at her recent annual exam with her MD, nothing significant was found and all of her annual lab work came back perfect.
In Canada, over 30 per cent of children and youth are considered overweight or obese; yes, that is one in three children!
If the current trend continues, by 2040, an alarming 70 per cent of adults 40-years-old will be either overweight or obese (Statistics Canada).
As a result of this, it is possible that for the first time in history, our children may have a shorter lifespan than their parents.
n addition to the pressing health concerns associated with obesity, emotional and psychological problems often emerge, stemming into body image and confidence issues.
Are you among the 67 per cent of Canadians who are vitamin D deficient?
Everything from migraines to cancers, depression, osteoporosis, poor immunity and heart disease can be linked to low levels of vitamin D.
A survey conducted by Statistics Canada found evidence that two-thirds of the Canadian population has vitamin D levels below the required amount associated with optimal health.
Are you part of this statistic?
Men, kick-start 2014 by finding out what your testosterone level is.
Sitting across from a patient who quickly went from running his own business and being “on top of the world” to feeling grumpy, occasionally depressed, exhausted and losing his interest in sex can be tough to hear about.
However, men are increasingly experiencing these symptoms and low testosterone may be the common denominator in all of these problems.
Testosterone levels peak in early adulthood in men, with levels progressively falling with age.