SIGNS OF BAD HEALTH
18-Nov-2020 - 4 min read
Our body whispers to us, signs of waning health long before we get striked with life threatening illnesses. If we don't listen, they start to yell. The intent of this article isn’t to scare you or give you anxiety but rather to inform you about what it means to be healthy so you can start noticing the warning signs early on what could mean the difference between good health and bad health.
World Health Organisation (WHO) described being healthy as "having a sense of physical, mental, and social wellbeing, and the resources to live a full life".
Below are some of the less than obvious signs that you have a bad health :
❇ Discoloration and unusual texture of nails: Fingernails can hold important information about an individual’s health. Discoloration of nails could indicate an infection or even liver and kidney issues. For instance, yellow nails also have a variety of potential causes, such as fungal infection or even as a result of serious conditions such as thyroid disease or psoriasis.
Also, low oxygen levels, nutritional deficiencies, and even arsenic poisoning can be determined by looking at your fingertips.
If you notice an unusual colour, texture, line or shape forming, don’t hesitate to reach out to your physician for an examination .
❇ Discolored Eyes: Your eyes offer a glimpse into your health and can signify more serious conditions like diabetes or high cholesterol. Healthy eye tissues should appear white. If yours are yellowish, it can indicate problems with your gallbladder, liver, pancreas or bile ducts.
❇ Smell and colour of urine: The color of your urine can provide a surprising amount of information about your health. Urine changes color based on how hydrated you are and because of certain medical conditions. If your urine has a strong scent, or is a reddish or brown colour, you'll want to keep a close eye on it, and if it doesn't improve, see a doctor.
❇ Chapped Lips: According to National Institutes of Health, lack of some vitamins, particularly B vitamins, may cause chapped lips. Your lips depend on vitamins to keep them healthy and prevent them from drying and chapping . Eating a healthy diet helps prevent dry lips vitamin deficiency.
❇ Bad Skin : Some people struggle with skin issues like acne and are otherwise perfectly fine. A recent study by a group of dermatologists shows that the skin actually shows what is going on in the body in most instances. For instance, yellowing of the skin can signify liver disease.
❇ Sudden weight loss: An unplanned unintentional weight loss poses significant health risks in most cases. It could indicate a number of serious illnesses, including: diabetes, thyroid issues, and heart failure. Consult with a doctor if you experience a sudden change in weight.
❇ Swollen Legs: Many people find their ankles or legs uncomfortably swollen due to some sort of injury which is perfectly normal. What is not normal, however, is having swollen legs and ankles all day everyday.
If the swelling can’t be directly attributed to an injury, it may be a sign of something more severe. Swelling in the legs could signify a leg infection or poor circulation. A heart that is not working well can fail to circulate blood, thus swollen feet might be a sign of heart failure, kidney failure, or liver failure.
Consult your doctor if you already have one of these disorders and the swelling gets worse .
❇ Profuse Sweating: If you are sweating more than usual, could be an indication of heart disease, thyroid problems, diabetes or heart issues.
In one 2018 study published in the journal Circulation, scientists analyzed data on more than 2,000 heart attack patients and found that nearly 54 percent of them had experienced profuse sweating as a symptom of their condition.
Consult your doctor to rule out a serious underlying medical condition.
❇ Snoring: Apart from snoring being so annoying, it's also potentially a not-so-silent sign of a serious health issue like sleep apnea. This causes a variety of problems, especially in terms of heart disease."
❇ Numbness: This is a very serious signal, especially if the feeling is on one side of the body, as this could indicate a stroke. This symptom may be accompanied by sudden confusion, difficulty speaking or understanding, as well as blurred vision. No matter what the cause, numbness should always be investigated.
❇ Chest discomfort: One of the more well-known warning signs is crushing chest pain, which is usually associated with a heart attack. If you tend to experience chest discomfort whenever you exert yourself, it could be a sign that your heart isn't as healthy as it should be.
Even if it’s not from a heart attack, you should not ignore chest pain
❇ Itchy Skin: When your kidneys start to fail, your skin responds by getting itchy—and we mean really itchy. It can also occur in cases of liver related problems. If you think these issues could be responsible for your itchiness, schedule an appointment with your doctor.
❇ Extreme Thirstiness: Craving water having a long walk is normal. What is abnormal is feeling thirsty after drinking more than enough water. Excessive thirst can be an indication of a blood sugar imbalance. This can be an early sign of diabetes.
❇ Bad Breath: "Having a constant bad taste in your mouth can be a warning sign for advanced gum disease" says American dental association.
❇ Chronic Fatigue: Feeling tired after a stressful day is normal, but persistent tiredness is worth discussing with your doctor.
Generally, fatigue is brought on by a lack of sleep or inability to manage stress, but the reasoning behind it may be more than what it is being attributed to.
Dehydration, low iron levels, too little exercise, and too much sugar in the diet are also possible reasons as to why you are always feeling tired. If you're always tired, you may not be as healthy as you thought; consider talking with your doctor about any nutritional deficiencies you may have.
If you've noticed some major changes going on with your body, speak to your health careprovider to get to the depth of the matter.
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