When you hear the words energy crisis, do you think of fuel-efficient cars or yourself?
Everyone, at one time or another, feels fatigued. And who wouldn't like to have more energy than they now have?
The broad prescription from doctors is still the same: Get plenty of rest, eat a balanced diet, and exercise. But here authorities on fatigue go beyond these generalities and offer more specific, high-octane suggestions.
So, ladies and gentlemen, start your engines.
Fatigue may be just a signal that you need to manage your life better or that a cold or the flu is coming on.
But it also can be a warning sign of serious illness. "Anything that's chronic—diabetes, lung disease, anemia—will cause fatigue," says Rick Ricer, M.D.
Fatigue is also a symptom of many other illnesses, including hepatitis, mononucleosis, thyroid disease, and cancer. So if your tiredness persists, don't try to diagnose yourself. See a doctor.
William Fink was formerly an exercise physiologist and assistant to the director of the Human Performance Laboratory at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.
M. F. Graham, M.D., was formerly a consultant to the American Running Association.
E. Drummond King is semi-retired lawyer living in Chestertown, Maryland, who still praces law on occasion in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Mary Trafton was formerly an information specialist for the Appalachian Mountain Club in Boston.
Vicky Young, M.D., is an occupational health doctor at the TricCity Medical Center Work Partners in Vista, California.