Serious illnesses and diseases can progress showing with little or no signs at all. It’s only when your doctor announces the bad news that you start to recall the subtle symptoms you noticed but tried to ignore. This human mistake is prevalent, especially in men who think that seeing a health professional is less important among all other things. You keep ignoring the warning signs until the pain or trouble starts to affect your daily functions.
Your body is an amazing machine that lets you know when something is off. It keeps sending you signals like colds and flu that show you have a weakened immune system. But since some symptoms point to different types of health problems, it’s wise to check with your doctor to help you identify the exact underlying health problem.
It also pays to know the symptoms of a possible illness or disease. Here are what your body is trying to tell you.
1. Jaw pain
Gnawing pain in the jaw can be an early warning sign for an impending heart attack. One study shows that 90 percent of heart attacks have jaw pain as a symptom. The majority of heart attacks could have been avoided if patients responded quickly to pain in this area.
2. Loss of sense of smell
Try not to ignore your allergies. When left untreated for too long, the inflammation of the tissues and the stuffy nose can damage your sense of smell. This condition is called anosmia.
3. Loss of appetite
A loss of appetite can mean many things. It can be linked to a weakened immune system and stomach upset or is medically associated with digestive disorders or hormonal conditions.
4. Chronic stress
When you ignore chronic stress, it can progress and lead to serious health conditions like cardiovascular problems, gastrointestinal problems or problems related to your nervous system. The first signs include headaches, fatigue, and lack of motivation. Try to manage your stress before it’s too late.
5. Chronic neck pain
Chronic neck pain is a common complaint in this technology era. When you’re sitting for a longer period of time with the wrong posture, you’re likely to suffer from neck and back pains. This can lead to headaches and tight muscles.
6. Massive hair loss
The average person loses around 100 hair strands a day, which is normal. When you lose unusually more strands, it can mean your body lacks protein. Failing to address this issue can lead to chronic fatigue and an impaired immune system.
Wrinkles normally develop as a person gets older due to decreased skin elasticity. But when your skin wrinkles even at a much younger age, this can be a sign of a protein deficiency. Adding more protein in your diet is the best way to deal with this problem.
8. Changes in fingernails
Your fingernails and toenails can also send you some warning signs regarding your health. A discoloration can mean problems with infections, drugs, or some diseases related to circulation and other internal systems. Smoking can also affect the appearance of your fingernails.
9. Food cravings
Food is life as how other people put it. And it’s just normal when you think of food from time to time. But when you feel unusually hungry almost all the time, you might have some eating disorder. It can be that you’re not eating well or have some deficiency in your nutrition.
10. Unusually thirsty
When the weather is hot or when you’re working out, feeling thirsty is normal. But when you seem to crave for water from time to time, it can indicate a blood sugar imbalance or a warning sign that you have diabetes. Check with your doctor immediately. It may only take diet and lifestyle changes to correct your blood sugar imbalance.
11. Foul breath
Failing to brush your teeth for days in a row can normally lead to smelly breath. But when you’ve brushed your teeth after every meal and still have that bad breath, gingivitis might be developing in your mouth. This gum disease might not be a big deal, but one that you should never ignore. This can likely lead to vascular inflammation and heart diseases.
12. Cuts take longer to heal
Wounds and cuts that never heal can be an indication that you are deficient in vitamin D. Don’t ignore this. Open wounds can be a breeding place for bacteria, which can lead to more serious health problems.
Some people normally snore during sleep. Yet, snoring can be a warning sign for sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder where your breathing is interrupted while asleep. When this happens, your body gets depleted of oxygen, which can lead to heart problems or hypertension.
14. Dry skin
Your skin can also tell you a lot of things. A glowing skin indicates that you’re in the best of health while a dry skin indicates some problems in the gut. Inflammation or the consumption of allergenic foods can lead to dry skin, acne, and eczema.
15. Yellowish eyes
Health issues in the liver, pancreas or gallbladder can be detected through your eyes. When it turns yellowish, these health issues might be the culprit.
16. Erectile dysfunction
Erection occurs when there’s enough blood that reaches your penis. This means your blood vessels are performing greatly. But when you fail to get an erection the moment it’s expected to, it might be that the lining of your blood vessels is problematic. This problem in circulation is linked to heart diseases. Instead of assuming your ED is caused by aging, have an appointment with your doctor.
Don’t mistake your swollen feet and ankles for a mild case of arthritis. Instead, check immediately with your doctor. It might be a case of a serious heart problem.
18. Hot flashes
Hot flashes are a common symptom for menopausal women. However, experts say hot flashes are also linked to diabetes, especially when it’s accompanied by heavy sweating at night.
19. Sudden weight loss
When you’re on a diet, losing weight calls for a celebration. But when you’re not doing anything but are losing weight, diabetes, heart failure, or cancer might be looming ahead.