The body is designed to be healthy, active and full of energy. However, whenever the body is feeling off, it is smart enough to alert us. The signs the body sends are oftentimes purposeful and indicate a certain irregularity in our bodies.
From the way we move, to the way we live our daily life, here is how your body warns you of a potential health issue.
21 Health Warnings Your Body Is Sending
- Dry Lips
Chapped lips are oftentimes a sign of dehydration is the skin. If provoked by an allergy, the condition can lead to what is known as allergic cheilitis. The leading reason your lips are cracked and dry can be the overuse of meds, cosmetic products and certain foods.
- Feet Swelling
It is not uncommon for the feet to swell, and it is considered normal during pregnancy or in athletes. However, if this is a chronic condition, it can mean that you are not getting enough blood supply in the feet, which results in pains and water retention.
- Discolored Tongue
The normal-looking tongue is pinkish and wet, with its buds well-visible. If this is not the case, and your tongue is pale and dry, you might be lacking iron in the body.
- Extreme Sweat Smell
If your sweat smells more rigidly than normal, you might be suffering from diabetes. The reason behind this is because the sweat attaches to the sugar in the body, thus creating unpleasant odors. In some cases, this can also be a symptom of kidney issues.
- Length of Your Fingers
In women, it is important to notice whether the ring finger is longer than the index finger, and vice versa. A 2008 study stated that women whose ring finger is longer than their index finger, there could be a risk for suffering knee osteoarthritis.
- Eyebrows Hair Loss
If your eyebrows are thinning in hairs, you might be experiencing a thyroid condition. This mostly happens in overactive and underactive thyroid diseases.
- Smelly Feet
If your feet continue to smell, despite your immaculate hygiene practices, you could be suffering from athlete’s foot. The condition is provoked by a fungal infection and is contagious.
- Unusual Hair Growth
In women, hair can begin to grow in places it never did before. As a result, this condition can lead to polycystic ovarian syndrome, a condition that has to do with irregular hormonal levels and metabolism issues. Usually, women find hair growing in odd places, like the face, behind the ears and the back. This can also indicate a greater level of male hormones in the body.
- Skin Darkening
If you notice darker skin patches appearing, many believe these can be bruises or dirt marks. However, studies have concluded that in some cases darker skin patches can be an early symptom of diabetes, or a reaction to a certain medication.
- Calves Smaller than Standard
Females whose calves are smaller than 13 inches could be more vulnerable to strokes, a 2008 study urge. The study mentioned that this is due to the formed carotid plaques in the body.
- Breast Size
If a woman’s breasts were a D cup or larger during their 20s, they are more exposed to suffering from Type 2 diabetes. The study, laid out in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, explains that bigger breasts boost the hormone production, making these women subjected to developing insulin resistance.
- Short Arms
Females with shorter arms face more risks in developing Alzheimer’s disease, as per a 2008 study in Neurology. The study also noted that shorter arms regard to 60 inches in length or less.
- Puffy Eyes
Swollen eyelids or having bag under your eyes is sometimes associated with stress or insomnia. And while that may be true, studies also find that hormonal imbalances and/or allergies can also lead to puffy eyes, particularly in kids.
If your cognitive abilities are weaker, and you are already in your 40s, you could develop dementia once in your 70s. A 2009 study in the field states that this happens because of the increased production of inflammatory hormones, triggered by the high levels of visceral fat in the organism.
Shorter people have a longer lifespan, whereas shorter individuals suffer far less health problems. As per a related study, this is so because the gene that makes people shorter is also responsible for extending the longevity.
- Blood Type
A research by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute explains how blood Type O individuals (positive and negative), face less risks in developing pancreatic cancer. Unlike them, people with blood Type AB, A or B, have 44% greater risks of developing this type of cancer.
Misaligned teeth can lead to nightly teeth grinding, which can lead to other dental issues. Teeth grinding can also be a symptom of other conditions, like stress and anxiety.
Premature wrinkles are not common and can be an early sign of osteoporosis. As per a 2011 research, presented at the Boston at the Endocrine Society Meeting, premature wrinkles mean women have less bone minerals, which causes the fine lines.
The nails a great indicator of both good and bad health. Tiny cysts at the nails may therefore indicate early arthritis, while nail spotting can be a symptom of a kidney disease.
- Urine and Stool
If the stool is too smelly, change the way you eat. Sometimes, dairy causes smelly stools, which may mean you are intolerant, as per the AARP. As for urine, if the smell is more intense, you might be suffering a UTI or bacteria, like E. coli.
Dryness of the skin is common, but if it goes beyond what is normal or typical it can mean a sign of dehydration. Studies also note than overly dry skin can be a sign of diabetes and/or hypothyroidism.
Now, get to the mirror and give yourself a free check-up!