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The Embarrassed Executive

Questions you are too afraid to ask your doctor may point to serious health issues.


Stressed man in suit rubbing his head

As a top executive, you’re expected to have all the answers. Every decision you make affects the health of your company. But when it comes to your own health, you may have more questions than answers. Sometimes, those questions are too embarrassing to ask anyone.

Why do I have diarrhea so often?

Where did my energy go?

How do I stop from sweating so much?

What happened to my sex drive?

Why is my brain not as sharp as it once was?

As sensitive as all those topics are, the last one is the most concerning because it affects your job performance. But it might be the job itself that’s causing all these concerns.

It could all be due to stress.

Stress affects everyone. For executives, it’s magnified by long hours, frequent travel and weighty decisions. Digestive issues, fatigue, excessive perspiration, low libido, lapses in judgment and other symptoms may come and go. But over time, constant work-related stress takes its toll, causing more serious health issues, including obesity, depression, anxiety, heart attack and stroke.

As an executive living and working in Iowa, you’re in good hands. Iowa was recently ranked the No. 3 state in healthcare by U.S. News & World Report — and the top state overall. You have quality care to help manage your stress and overall health.

The best way to learn to manage your stress is to understand your symptoms and their triggers. The moment stress becomes overwhelming, talk to your doctor to rule out — or prevent — other health problems.

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