When your body gives off an unpleasant scent, it is known as body odor. This scent is caused by bacteria breaking down sweat and is largely linked to the apocrine glands. However, body odor, from head to toes, can alert doctors to potential health issues—even cancer. Find out what those distinctive smells may signal.
There are eight B vitamins, and all of them give your body energy by helping to convert food into fuel. Vitamin B12 is especially important in producing DNA and maintaining healthy nerve and blood cells. One way it protects blood cells is by preventing megaloblastic anemia, a condition that reduces the amount of oxygen your
Psoriasis is a disease that kicks skin-cell production into overdrive. New cells surface in a matter of days, instead of weeks, piling up faster than they’re shed. With plaque psoriasis, the most common type of this skin condition, rapid skin-cell renewal creates scaly, raised patches, called plaques, on the skin’s surface. Psoriasis is an autoimmune
Anyone who’s suffered through a urinary tract infection (UTI) will tell you that they’ll do anything to never experience one again. A UTI occurs when bacteria gets into your urine, travels up the urethra, and then into your bladder. According to the Urology Care Foundation, about 60 percent of women and 12 percent of men
Each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 735,000 people suffer a heart attack and 610,000 people die of coronary heart disease (CHD). That’s one in four deaths. Preventing heart disease in patients is a physician’s main goal, but early detection is the next best thing.
When people think about Lyme disease, what immediately comes to mind is the so-called bullseye rash that’s most often associated with the tick-borne illness. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this erythema migrans rash only occurs in an estimated 70 to 80 percent of Lyme patients, which means that as
Unfortunately, while overall cancer survivorship rates are steadily increasing, research from the National Cancer Institute indicates cancer diagnosis rates are increasing, too. The number of people diagnosed with metastasized lung, colon, prostate, cervical, and uterine cancers is on the rise. And other cancers show no sign of fading away: nearly 1 million people annually are
Let’s give our feet a little more credit. Here’s how they can alert you to serious issues like diabetes, thyroid disease, and heart disease before you can even get to the doctor’s office. You notice: Dry, flaky feet It could be: Thyroid problems. When the thyroid gland (the butterfly-shaped gland in the base of your
What causes muscle pain? You know that playing football all weekend will leave you sore on Monday or that putting in that extra tough workout in the gym is going to make you pay later when going downstairs. When you perform activity above and beyond what your body is accustomed to, “a byproduct of energy
We could all use a little help coming to terms with our stress and figuring out how to handle it. It’s time to talk about the lesser understood ways that stress shows up in the body. You can’t keep your eyes open Have you ever been so overwhelmed that you find yourself taking a nap?