Your health is your most precious asset. That being so, it is important to take good care of it and develop healthy habits that can reduce the risk of developing dangerous diseases.
Average life expectancy has never been higher than now and our quality of life has never been better either. But the modern lifestyle can also bring us serious health complications if we are not careful or making an effort to keep our bodies healthy. That’s why it is important to be aware of any changes in your body. After all, nobody knows your body better than yourself.
There are body signs that may be an early warning that something’s wrong with you. Be alert and do not ignore certain symptoms.
If you think that something about your body feels different or weird, please seek a doctor right away. But what exactly should you be concerned about? Here are some signs that your body might be shutting down!
1. Changes in moles
Check your body regularly for suspicious changes in your skin moles. These changes are often the first signs of skin cancer and early detection has a very significant impact on the effectiveness of the treatment.
If you have moles that your primary doctor considers dangerous, you should map them and get a clear sense of their shape and color (use your smartphone to keep a photographic record). Follow the American Cancer Association guidelines for a self-diagnosis: the ABCDE, a mnemonic technique that helps you search visual clues for early skin cancer detection.
Asymmetry: check for moles with weird shapes, or where on half is different from the other.
Border: check for any irregular, ragged, or notched edges.
Color: check for color variations and differences in shading.
Diameter: check for big moles (a good rule of thumb is: if its bigger than a pencil erases, you should see a doctor).
Evolving: check if your moles change in shape, size, or thickness.
2. Crawling feeling in legs
This sensation can also be described as an itch that can’t be scratched or an unpleasant tickling that won’t stop and causes an uncontrollable urge to move the leg.
This is the main symptom of a long-term disorder called restless legs syndrome. Depending on its severity, it can be an illness that only causes mild annoyance or one that provokes major sleep disruption and has an extremely negative impact on the patient’s quality of life.
People with kidney failure, Parkinson’s disease, iron deficiency, diabetes, and arthritis are at greater risk of developing restless legs syndrome. Its symptoms usually disappear after the underlying condition is properly treated, but in some cases, lifestyle changes and specific medication might be needed.
3. Frequent nightmares
Parkinson’s is one of the most feared diseases in the world. It is a degenerative disease with an unknown cause that has no cure, has a great impact on the motor system, and eventually leads to dementia.
Frequent nightmares are among one of its first symptoms, along with slight shaking, slowness of movement and changes in handwriting. Genetics is believed to have a strong impact on the onset of this disease.
So, if any of your relatives have had this disease, it is worth consulting a doctor as soon as you experience these early symptoms.
4. Abnormal thickening of the skin
If you notice that your skin is getting thicker and itchy in some areas it is definitely worth scheduling a doctor’s appointment to know what is causing such reaction. It’s usually nothing to worry about, as this symptom is transversal to many common skin conditions such as eczema, allergies, and hormonal disorder.
5. Hair getting thinner
In the vast majority of cases, hair thinning is caused by a minor problem such as vitamin and mineral deficiency, using harsh hair products, or wearing your hair up too tightly. All these can be easily fixed.
However, sometimes it may be indicative of a much serious health problem. Uncontrolled stress, thyroid disease, or lupus are some of the health conditions that have hair thinning as an early symptom.
6. Aggressive behavior
Did you know that being overly aggressive can also be a sign of depression? We usually associate depression with physical symptoms that imply reduced activity such as fatigue and lack of energy, loss of appetite and sexual desire, and oversleeping.
But a change of temper that makes you suddenly overly aggressive in response to seemingly normal situations can also indicate that you might be suffering from depression.
Never forget that your mental health is just as important as your physical health and it can even have a huge impact on it. Nowadays, depression is a disease that affects a large part of the population (including the younger generations) and needs to be taken more seriously by the whole society.
We all know how important it is to have a good quality of sleep. But sleeping for an excessive number of hours during the night and being constantly sleepy during the day is obviously not healthy at all. These are the two main symptoms of a neurological disorder called hypersomnia.
Hypersomnia is not easy to diagnose since it can be a primary disease or a symptom of another medical condition such as depression, obesity, epilepsy, or multiple sclerosis.
8. Constantly craving salty food
Salt enhances the flavor of many foods and makes them really tasty. Depending on the amount used, it can also make them really unhealthy.
Craving salty food every now and then is completely normal. What’s not normal is having a constant and uncontrollable desire to eat salty food all the time. This can be a sign of anemia, iron deficiency, or dehydration.
9. Frequent heartburn
Many different things can cause heartburn and indigestion. Most of them are not dangerous and are directly related to the food ingested. In some cases, recurrent heartburn might be a warning sign of an underlying heart condition. Especially in women.
Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in developed countries and often goes unnoticed – many people are only properly diagnosed when something serious happens.