Last Updated on November 26, 2020
Your body is your best friend and it is what better reflects your health. Sometimes you may feel ok, and look ok, but there are some subtle signals that might be trying to tell you otherwise.
These signs could be anything from a sore throat or cough to snoring in your sleep, which are all conditions that are quite common among people but may actually surprise you if you’re not aware of the other hidden indicators related to them. Still, this does not mean that you should get paranoid and stress over every little symptom you experience regarding your health, just do not ignore persistent symptoms. Visit your doctor, instead.
Without further ado, jump right into these fifteen signs that your body might be trying to send you!
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1. Losing weight for no apparent reason
Weight loss is a goal for many people, and that’s why exercise and diets exist. But if you are losing weight without trying, you should get checked. Oesophageal cancer, lung cancer and stomach and pancreatic cancers all cause weight loss.
2. Teeth damage
Teeth damage can be one of the health signs we pay less attention to. What we eat, such as sugary drinks or sweets, tends to ruin the surface of our teeth at the front while a common occurrence like acid reflux may destroy the enamel of our teeth from the back. Other symptoms associated with acid reflux can be cough, wheezing, frequent weird taste in your mouth or a sore throat that seems to never go away.
3. Skin rash
A skin rash usually breaks on body parts like the knees, back, elbow or scalps, and it can look a lot like eczema, but be aware, because there is a chance that it could be celiac disease.
This autoimmune disease basically stops its patients from eating foods that might contain gluten, and if they do, the body will start attacking its own intestines. 25% of the people diagnosed with celiac disease suffer from rashes, but there are also many patients who don’t experience digestive symptoms, making it harder to diagnose – but a diagnose is important because, in the long run, celiac disease can be what causes osteoporosis.
4. Changes to your bathroom routine
If you start peeing a lot more or a lot less, this could indicate bladder or prostate cancer. On the other hand, being constipated or having diarrhea can be a sign of ovarian cancer or prostate cancer.
Cohn’s disease will manifest through ulcerations, sores, or fleshy growths around the anal area that can be often confused with hemorrhoids. Cohn’s disease can be really awful and offer a dark prognosis – if it is not treated right away, it can cause bowel obstruction, hurtful fissures and colon cancer.
6. Changes in handwriting
Specialists who analyze handwriting have reached the conclusion that changes to a person’s handwriting can be an early sign of Parkinson’s disease, if the characters get much smaller.
Parkinson’s is a result of the death of nerve cells in the brain which inhibits the brain from producing as much dopamine, causing muscle stiffness that will affect the hands and fingers.
Other signs can include loss of smell and night terrors. An early diagnosis is necessary to guarantee quality of life for people who suffer from this condition.
7. Mood swings
More than half of the people who suffer from major depression will experience mood swings that tend to be aggressive. And even though women are more prone to depression than men, truth is that men are more likely to experience anger or rage as a sign of depression. The solution can be a combination of antidepressant medications and cognitive behavior therapy.
8. Irritating cough
If you have never had chronic sinus problems, asthma or allergies, but you are still experiencing a persistent cough that is lasting more than it should be, you should get checked – it could be cancer of the lungs or even larynx or throat.
9. Difficulty managing finances
Studies have shown that one of the earlier symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease can be the loss of day-to-day skills like paying bills or managing bank accounts.
And even though loss of capacities is a thing we often observe in senior citizens, it’s always good to have an early diagnosis for the peace of your mind – the earlier this disease is diagnosed, the sooner the doctors can start working on stopping it from progressing.
Snoring is one of the most common sleep apnea symptoms, and this sleep disorder is associated with an increased risk of heart disease.
Snoring has been linked with the thickening of the carotid arteries in the neck, and the damage done to these arteries is directly linked to the risk of strokes and heart attacks. However, there are snoring aids and snoring devices you can try.
11. Unexplained bleeding
If you are experiencing vaginal bleeding for no apparent reason, this could be a sign of cervical or endometrial cancer; bleeding when coughing can be a sign of lung cancer; blood in your urine could be linked do bladder or kidney cancer, as well as kidney disease; on your stool, it could be a sign of colon or rectal cancer; and any nipple discharge that contains blood could mean breast cancer.
Studies have shown that men over the age of 45 who experienced moderate to severe erectile dysfunction were 60% more likely to suffer from heart problems within a period of four years. This can happen due to the intake of impotence pills, that are known to affect the heart.
13. Inflamed gums
The bacteria responsible for causing gum disease have recently been linked to heart disease, which means the first means an increased chance of suffering from the latter.
Adults with bacteria in their mouths have been proven to also have thicker carotid arteries, which will eventually translate into a higher possibility of stroke or heart attack, but this link has to do with the way the body responds to inflammation. So if you visit the dentist frequently, the risk will decrease. Treating gum disease will also help with the prevention of type 2 diabetes.
14. Frequent bathroom trips
One of the early signs of diabetes type 2 is a constant need to urinate. This happens because your body will have trouble breaking down the food you ingest and turning it into energy. Sugar will then start building up in the bloodstream, and this sugar will need to be dumped somehow – the way the body finds to eliminate the sugar will be through urination. This is one of the easiest ways to know if you have diabetes, and the sooner you find out about your disease, the sooner you can start taking type 2 diabetes medications.
15. Forgetting people’s names
If you forget things every once in a while, that is normal and it is something that happens to everyone and can be caused by stress fatigue. However, if you start forgetting names frequently, this could be a sign you’re sick and probably suffering from hypothyroidism.
Patients will usually complain about brain fog and about how tired they feel. Feeling cold, having no libido and food not tasting as good as it used to can also be signs of this hormonal disorder.