Diarrhea is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection of the small intestine. It can also be caused by certain medications (such as antibiotics, blood pressure drugs, and magnesium-containing antacids), certain medical conditions, and food poisoning.
Approximately 2 million Canadians have diabetes, a group of diseases characterized by high blood-glucose levels. When you eat, your body metabolizes carbohydrates into glucose, which is then ushered out of the blood and into the body’s cells by insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas. If you have an insulin disorder, glucose remains in the blood and is unavailable to fuel the cells’ activities. The result is elevated blood-sugar levels.
Refinements in the care of this serious, lifelong disease have improved’from the development of new forms of medication to pumps that continuously deliver insulin to the blood. Although it is a complex condition, managing diabetes is easier now than ever before.
Insomnia is a general term that refers to difficulty falling or staying asleep. It’s not really a disorder, but a symptom with many causes.
Everyone gets sad sometimes. It’s all part of being human. But if you have true depression, you know the difference. Today, promising treatments are revolutionizing the course of this potentially devastating illness.
Constipation is a condition in which you can’t move your bowels on a regular schedule, resulting in dry, hard stool that is difficult to pass.
Is clutter taking over your home?
Even if you’re lean and healthy, high cholesterol could put you at risk for heart disease and stroke. Don’t worry: There’s plenty you can do to improve your outlook by lowering your cholesterol levels’safely and effectively.
An increasing number of people now live with congestive heart failure. This serious condition requires long-term treatment. Medical research is now keeping pace with a steady supply of new treatment breakthroughs.
Few things are as scary as learning you have cancer. But, more and more people are surviving this disease, including colon cancer, many with complete recovery and cure.
We’ve known about the flu forever: Hippocrates first described this illness in 412 B.C. Only recently has science finally started to unlock the mysteries of influenza and develop medications that can get us back on our feet faster.
There’s a good reason this ailment is often called the common cold: North Americans catch more a stunning 1 billion colds each year. With the right remedies, however, you can get faster relief and maybe even shorten your cold’s stay.
The overwhelming symptom in chronic fatigue syndrome is long-standing physical and mental exhaustion with no clear cause.
Cervical cancer is potentially preventable, because it has a precancerous stage.
Cataracts are permanent once established. But the opaque contents of the lens capsule can be removed to restore vision.
Cancer is a disease that occurs when body cells grow out of control. Many of the 200 different types of cancer can be successfully treated, but medical research continues to seek absolute cures.
Feet hurting in those shoes? Bunions can be a killer.
A 54-year-old heart-attack survivor puts herself first’and loses 20 pounds
A daughter’s diabetes diagnosis got this mom running
One woman’s triumph over depression, a breast-cancer scare and infidelity