Information on the causes of asthenia, debility, and overall body weakness.

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  1. What is Debility?
  2. Diagnosing Debility
  3. What Causes Debility?
  4. More Information on Debility

What is Debility?

Debility is a broad medical term used to describe someone who is in a state of weakness and often refers to a loss of ability. When in a state of debility, everything seems an effort and what you used to enjoy doing now seems to take too much energy.

The body is weakened and with it so is the immune system, leaving you vulnerable to a number of illnesses and infections that you would, under normal circumstances, fight off fairly easily.

You are thus more likely to catch that cold or flu that is doing the rounds and this is the last thing you need when you are already in a state of fatigue and weakness!

Diagnosing Debility

You may be diagnosed with debility if you constantly feel exhausted and this prevents you from performing normal day to day functions.

What Causes Debility?

While debility is most commonly associated with recovery from physical illness or injury, it also affects those suffering from cognitive or emotional problems such as severe depression or stress.

Whatever the cause, being in a state of debility usually leaves the person feeling easily fatigued or exhausted, physically weak and experiencing burn out.

More Information on Debility

Tips to Encourage Swift Recovery
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Get sufficient sleep as this is essential for a strong immune system and speedy recovery.
  • Eat a healthy and balanced diet and try eat the healthy foods that you enjoy if you do not have much of an appetite.
  • Gentle exercise such as slow, short walks will help to strengthen the body, restore healthy circulation, and assist the immune system. Begin slowly and gradually increase the length and intensity of the exercise as you feel you can handle it.
  • Manage stress and anxiety levels by learning some relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga.
  • Get involved in previous interests and hobbies, and try and get out of the house for short periods of time. Exposure to sunlight is also very important since it is nearly impossible to receive all the vitamin D you need through diet alone. It is also a good idea to have social interactions of some sort so that you do not become too isolated.
  • Avoid habits that can compromise your immune system, such as cigarette smoking, excessive alcoholic intake and drug use. If you do smoke, it may be a good time to quit smoking naturally.
  • Try to maintain a positive outlook and find a constructive outlet for any emotions that may arise.
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