• By Laurel J. Kelly

Housecall: Headaches and stress

August 6, 2018

a close-up of a young man grimacing, with his eyes closed and his fingers pressed to his temples, perhaps suffering a stress-related headacheTHIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
Headaches: Reduce stress to prevent the pain 
Headaches are more likely to occur when you're stressed. Stress is a common trigger of tension-type headaches and migraine, and can trigger other types of headaches or make them worse. Try these steps to manage your stress and prevent the pain.

Alzheimer's: How to help a caregiver 
Caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease is a round-the-clock job, and caregivers need all the support they can get. If you know someone who's caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer's, see how checking in and offering specific help can make a world of difference.

EXPERT ANSWERS
Can I lose weight if my only exercise is walking? 
While increasing physical activity will burn more calories, eating fewer calories through dietary changes seems to promote weight loss more effectively than physical activity. Once you've lost weight, exercise helps keep the weight off. Studies show that people who maintain their weight loss over the long term get regular physical activity. Learn more from Katherine Zeratsky, a Mayo Clinic registered dietitian nutritionist.

How can I recognize my psoriasis flare-up triggers?
Psoriasis triggers are unique for everyone. Trying to figure out why your skin flares up can feel like solving a puzzle. But psoriasis often worsens because of a trigger that you may be able to identify and avoid over time. Learn more from Dr. Lawrence Gibson, a Mayo Clinic dermatologist.

PLUS ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
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Spider bites
Splenectomy
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HEALTHY RECIPES
Shrimp marinated in lime juice and Dijon mustard
Sautéed fresh corn
Roasted red pepper with feta salad
Quinoa risotto with arugula and Parmesan

HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Golfers: Know when to call it quits
Love to golf? You may look forward to every minute you can spend on the course, but it pays to be reasonable. Limit your sun exposure. While golfing, watch for symptoms of dehydration, heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Red flags might include a headache, dizziness, nausea, excess fatigue, rapid heartbeat or confusion. Drink plenty of water, and cut your game short, if necessary.

Need practical advice on diet and exercise? Want creative solutions for stress and other lifestyle issues? Discover more healthy lifestyle topics at mayoclinic.org.

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