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- anemia: About 17% of the elderly suffer from anemia. The most common type of iron deficiency anemia can be treated with iron supplements.
- Obstructive sleep apnea: Some people may have this condition unknowingly, but many people are now able to diagnose OSA with an at-home test. The most standard treatment is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). With CPAP, you wear a mask connected to a pump that forces air into your airways to keep them open while you sleep.
- Vitamin B12 deficiency: Up to 19 percent of older people may be deficient in vitamin B12. Deficiencies may be treated with supplements.
- Hypothyroidism: If a blood test reveals high levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone, taking a daily hormone replacement tablet can help.
- stress: Stress can wear you down. “It’s what I call wires that cause fatigue,” says Piapaoli Parker. “Your body is constantly producing stress hormones, so you get tired, but your brain doesn’t turn off, so you can’t rest and fall asleep.” Her advice? Plan your “worry” time. She makes a list of all her worries and next to each one she notes one action she can take to address the worry. Just writing down the problem may give you the perspective you need. “It teaches the mind to compartmentalize worries and limit them to specific periods of time,” says Piapaoli-Parker.
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