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Consumer Health: Treating seasonal affective disorder
Seasonal affective disorder: Diagnosis and treatment
Seasonal affective disorder is a type of depression related to changes in seasons. For most people with seasonal affective disorder, symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping their energy and making them moody. Symptoms may start out mild and become more severe as the season progresses. Treatment can include light therapy, medications and psychotherapy. Learn more about the diagnosis and treatment of seasonal affective disorder.
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Weight gain is a common side effect for people who take insulin to treat diabetes. This can be frustrating because maintaining a healthy weight is an important part of your overall diabetes management plan. The good news is that it is possible to maintain your weight while taking insulin. Here's what you need to know.
Video: 'Carpal Tunnel Symptoms — Nonsurgical Treatment'
The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome can interfere with your normal activities and sleep patterns, and permanent nerve and muscle damage can occur without treatment. Holding your wrists properly and using splints are two ways to ease carpal tunnel symptoms without surgery. What else can you do? Watch this video and learn more from Dr. Peter Amadio, a Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon.
Triglycerides: Why do they matter?
Triglycerides, a type of fat found in your blood, are an important measure of heart health. When you eat, your body converts any calories it doesn't need to use right away into triglycerides stored in your fat cells. Having a high level of triglycerides in your blood can increase your risk of heart disease. Find out what measurements indicate healthy and unhealthy triglyceride levels, and how the same lifestyle choices that promote overall health can help you bring your triglyceride level into a healthy range.
Massage: Get in touch with its many benefits
Massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being. Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it effectively reduces stress, pain and muscle tension. Some studies have found it also may be helpful for anxiety, fibromyalgia, headaches, sports injuries and more. Learn about the potential health benefits of massage and what to expect during a massage therapy session.