Daily Mail: anemia and stress may be causes of persistent fatigue

June 12, 2024  17:30

Dr. Stuart Fisher and family physician Neha Vyas (both from the US) told the Daily Mail that the most common causes of fatigue could be stress, anemia, thyroid dysfunction, mental health issues and diabetes.

Dr. Vyas explained that one possible cause of persistent fatigue could be a lack of healthy red blood cells (red blood cells) in the body. This condition is called anemia. Red blood cells are red blood cells that transport the protein hemoglobin to organs and tissues and are responsible for the metabolic processes of tissues and organs. Depending on the degree of decrease in red blood cell and/or hemoglobin levels, anemia can be mild, moderate, or severe.

Anemia can be caused not only by low iron in the diet, but also by various diseases that lead to the loss of red blood cells. In addition, such pathology is able to manifest itself for physiological reasons, for example, in women during menstruation due to heavy bleeding.

Thyroid dysfunction is also a major cause of lethargy and apathy. Dr. Fisher explained that the thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate metabolism - the rate at which the body expends energy. When the organ produces too much or too little of certain hormones, a person's well-being can deteriorate.

Experts added that stress and mental health problems can be provocateurs of drowsiness, malaise and brokenness. According to doctors, in a state of stress, the body produces an excess of cortisol and adrenaline, which speed up the heartbeat and send large volumes of blood to the muscles. However, this biologically complex state cannot be maintained for too long - during the "bounce back" the amount of energy drops dramatically.

Some mental disorders (depression, anxiety, PTSD and others) are accompanied by a chemical imbalance of certain substances called neurotransmitters in the brain. In this case, a person may feel apathy. Fisher specified that such psychological fatigue is eliminated by drugs that restore the balance of neurotransmitters.

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