Your body contains many clues that can signal health woes. It communicates your health status through signs like skin tone, facial lines, and hair loss to reveal what's going on beneath the surface and help you identify potential problems before they magnify.
"It'll start by whispering, then it'll start by talking, and if you don't pay attention, it starts yelling and shouting, and then you've got an illness," Molly M. Roberts, M.D., an integrative physician from San Francisco, tells Health.
Here's some body talk you should listen to:
- Swollen feet. While many conditions and medications can cause your feet to swell, this is also a sign of potential heart failure. When the heart can't pump properly, you may retain fluid in the legs, ankles, and feet.
- Bags and dark circles under the eyes. According to Health, allergies can be a culprit but tired eyes can also be caused by having too much sodium in your diet.
- Nail pitting. Tiny, pinpoint-like depressions in a nail could indicate psoriasis or connective tissue disorders such as Reiter's Syndrome, according to the Mayo Clinic.
- Wrinkles. While wrinkles are an inevitable part of aging, they can also be a symptom of osteoporosis, according to Health. New research shows a link between having a furrowed brow and poor bone health.
- Hair loss. Heredity is definitely a factor, but physical and emotional stress can also cause thinning hair, Dr. Steve Fallek, a noted plastic surgeon, tells Newsmax. Chemotherapy drugs, blood thinners and birth control pills can also cause temporary hair loss. Other causes include autoimmune diseases, cosmetic procedures, certain medical conditions like anemia and thyroid disorders, or a diet that's lacking protein.
- Yellow eyes. Dr. Ellen Kamhi, Ph.D., author of "The Natural Medicine Chest," says that if the whites of your eyes appear yellowish, you may be suffering from liver disease or gallbladder issues.
- A diagonal crease in the earlobe. This can be a sign of blocked circulation in the body that can signal a heart attack, according to the National Institutes of Health.
- Dry skin. While everyone experiences dry skin occasionally, persistent dryness can signal dehydration or other serious health conditions including diabetes and hypothyroidism, according to Health. If the skin around your feet, legs, or shins is dry, this also could be a sign of atherosclerosis, the narrowing of the arteries that could lead to heart disease, because there's not enough blood flowing to the extremities.
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