6 Health Problems You're Ignoring (But Need to Get Checked Out!)


Loss of Appetite or Over Appetite

The Freshman 15 taught us that weight fluctuations are part of the college experience. But if a change in appetite is making you gain or shed pounds, you might need professional help.
 
Depression, high stress levels, low-grade kidney or urinary tract infections, stomach viruses and gastrointestinal tract problems can cause loss of appetite. Other physical problems that accompany the weight loss, such as nausea, are signs that it’s time to see a doctor. If you lose too much weight too soon, you risk malnutrition, hair loss, muscle loss and more.
 
Birth control, low activity levels and changes in social settings can cause an increase in appetite. Some people try to handle weight gain without a doctor’s help, vowing to exercise more and eat healthier. Is it worth the risk? Weight gain can cause lasting complications, such as high blood pressure and sleep apnea.
 
“It doesn’t have to be a set amount [of weight change],” Craig said. “I think if it’s worrying you, come in.”
 
Go to the doctor if:
you are concerned about any type of weight fluctuation, or if eating habits are disrupting your daily life. If you think the problem may be psychological, see a mental health counselor or therapist.
 
Trust your instincts

You are your body’s own best judge. Only you have the ability to know what you’re feeling and speak up when you realize the period cramps have become too painful, or the headaches too severe. Ignoring symptoms, as minor as they may be, can lead to bigger and lasting health problems.
 
It’s important to seek help from doctors, therapists and your school’s student clinic. Don’t be afraid to rely on professional because they can provide the guidance you need to solve your health problems – and give you a little peace of mind.
 
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