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You often hear about a midlife crisis when a person’s behavior changes radically. But in some cases, what’s going on is not a midlife crisis, but instead a form of dementia. According to an article entitled "When Character Crumbles" in the November/December 2010 issue of Scientific American Mind, the early signs of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) have been incorrectly attributed to a midlife or marital crisis by family members and some doctors. It turns out that FTD also is misdiagnosed as other conditions. “Of the frontotemporal patients who come to U.C.S.F (University of California, San Francisco’s Memory and Aging Center), roughly half are initially misdiagnosed, most commonly with Alzheimer’s, depression, bipolar disorder or, occasionally, schizophrenia,” Scientific American Mind writer Ingfei Chen noted.
So what is FTD (sometimes known as Pick’s disease)? “Frontotemporal dementia (frontotemporal lobar degeneration) is an umbrella term...
We recently discussed the top 10 concerns related to a new diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. Following these concerns, families then often talk about the "honeymoon" period.
What is the honeymoon period? Most kids/teens/adults with new onset type 1 diabetes have experienced symptoms and signs due to the absolute lack of insulin, such as increased drinking, increased urination, and weight loss. These symptoms are due to the body's inability to transport glucose into the cells through the loss of insulin production. Glucose builds up on the blood and an increased amount of fluid is consumed to allow for its elimination and the cycle is perpetuated. Due to the loss of the energy efficient glucose/insulin pathway, fat is metabolized for energy using a less efficient pathway with production of ketones, which leads to the possibility of diabetic ketoacidosis .
Keep in mind that in many children, teens, and adults with newly diagnosed diabetes, not all of the pancreatic islets have ...
I am a 52 year old female with ulcerative colitis and have been in remission for a few years. Of late, I have been experiencing abdominal bloating, weight gain and some difficulty moving my bowels. I had a colonoscopy a few months ago and everything was normal. Any suggestions on what I can take or what might be causing my symptoms?
There are most definitely a few conditions that need to be considered. First off, if you have not had lab work in awhile, it should be done. Hypothyroidism can cause constipation and weight gain and must be ruled out. Additionally, hypercalcemia should be considered as well.
Your physician should take a look at all of your medications, as there are many that can cause constipation and bloating including calcium channel blockers, anti-depressants and diuretics. I would however recommend that you see your gynecologist to be screened for ovarian cancer. While your symptoms are non-specific, abdominal bloating, constipation and weight gain in w...
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