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Genes may contribute to marital satisfaction

Genes may have a discernible impact on the quality of a marriage, according to a recent study of couples in their middle and later years. New research suggests that being happily married may have less to do with chance and more to do with…

What to know about 24-hour cortisol urine tests

A cortisol urine test enables a doctor to measure the amount of cortisol present in a person's urine. Cortisol urine tests can help with the diagnosis of various medical conditions. A doctor will usually ask someone to collect all of their…

12 signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid, is when the thyroid gland produces too few hormones. Low levels of thyroid hormones can cause a wide range of signs and symptoms from changes in mental functioning to digestive issues. The thyroid…

Breast changes during pregnancy

Breast changes are a normal part of pregnancy and occur as a result of hormonal fluctuations. Changes to the breasts can occur as early as 1 week after conception, and they can continue right up until the birth of the baby and beyond. In…

What do TSH levels mean?

A thyroid-stimulating hormone test measures the levels of this hormone in the body. The test helps determine whether or not the thyroid, a small gland in the throat, is functioning correctly. The thyroid releases hormones that regulate…

What do night sweats mean?

Night sweats are where a person wakes up with clothes or sheets that are damp from sweating. Sleeping with too many clothes on may be the cause, but night sweats can also be the result of a hormonal imbalance, such as low testosterone that…

How can I balance my hormones?

A hormonal imbalance can significantly impact mood, appetite, and overall health. Some factors, including aging, are beyond a person's control. However, manageable elements such as stress and the diet can also influence hormone levels. The…

Best foods for increasing low testosterone

People with low testosterone may be able to raise their levels by eating certain foods, such as ginger, fatty fish, and some vegetables.Testosterone is a male sex hormone that plays a role in fertility, sexual function, bone health, and…

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