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Today Show: Why am I tired all the time?

March 9, 2017

“The risk for hypothyroidism increases with age, so some women, for example, might think their exhaustion might be due to the menopause when in fact it’s a thyroid issue,” says Dasgupta.

Many people snore. But when snoring is linked to breaks in breathing, sleep apnea is the most likely cause. The most common symptom is chronic fatigue. Obesity is a risk factor, as is smoking, heredity, and excessive alcohol use, among others. Left untreated, sleep apnea can cause some serious issues including heart disease, premature death, and accidents. “It’s such a common problem and it’s so important for people to be evaluated,’ says Dasgupta. “Treatment can improve symptoms.”

 

Many people snore. But when snoring is linked to breaks in breathing, sleep apnea is the most likely cause. The most common symptom is chronic fatigue. Obesity is a risk factor, as is smoking, heredity, and excessive alcohol use, among others. Left untreated, sleep apnea can cause some serious issues including heart disease, premature death, and accidents. “It’s such a common problem and it’s so important for people to be evaluated,’ says Dasgupta. “Treatment can improve symptoms.”

 

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