Your body is your ID, and for most people, it’s the ultimate self-confidence booster. Your body is your friend, and it can tell you if something is wrong. Observe your body carefully, and you’ll notice if something has changed in your physical, mental or emotional condition.
Even the slightest change can be a sign of a severe condition.
Do a self-check every week. Evaluate your condition, and you’ll find out pretty much everything you need to know about your body. We give you 21 symptoms and signs that indicate a specific health condition.
1. Cracked, dry lips
This is a rather common issue, and may indicate an allergic reaction or dehydration. When caused by allergies, it’s treated as allergic cheilitis. Some of the most common triggers include lip cosmetic, medication, oral hygiene products, metal, and food, as confirmed by the New Zealand Dermatological Society.
2. Swollen feet
Swellings are also common, especially in pregnant women and those who work in standing position for too long. However, if there’s no specific cause for your swollen feet, you better consult your doctor as you may be dealing with heart failure.
In this case, the heart doesn’t pump blood effectively, leading to fluid retention. This is not an uncommon condition, and over 550,000 new cases will be recorded in the United States every year. That’s what Emory Healthcare says. This condition affects individuals in every age group, including children and elderly.
3. Pale tongue
Your tongue is normally pink with visible taste buds. However, if your tongue is pale and dry, you may be dealing with iron deficiency, as explained by acupuncturist Katie Clifton. Do a quick blood test to check your iron levels.
4. Strange sweat smell
The smell of your sweat can tell you a lot about your health. If your sweat takes on acetone odor, you’re probably dealing with blood sugar issues. According to Dr. Lawrence Wilson, diabetics have a smelly sweat due to the accumulation of sugar on the skin. If your sweat smells like ammonia, you may have liver or kidney issues.
5. Finger length
Women should check their ring and index finger. If your ring finger is longer when compared to the index finger, your risk of developing osteoarthritis in your knees has doubled. That’s what experts say in the study published in Arthritis and Rheumatism in 2008.
6. Loss of eyebrow hair
We are all crazy for dark and full eyebrows. However, some of you deal with fading eyebrows or brows that “disappear.” This may indicate a severe issue, as noted by David Wolfe. It happens in cases of underactive and overactive thyroid. If it’s really your thyroid, you will have the outer section of your eyebrows all thinned out.
7. Smelly feet
You change your socks regularly and wash your feet, and they still smell badly? You may have athlete’s food. It’s a condition in which individuals deal with a fungal infection, and it’s categorized as mildly contagious.
If you don’t know how to recognize it, look for scaly red rashes. Itching sensation is also common, and it gets worse when you take off your socks or shoes.
8. Abnormal hair
If you tend to have hair on spots where you shouldn’t, you may be dealing with a health problem. It may be a polycystic ovarian syndrome, a condition manifested through metabolic problems and hormonal imbalances.
The abnormal growth of hair is caused by your production of too many male hormones. Women grow hair on their face, back and ears. Statistics shows that 8-20 percent of all women in the world have this problem.
9. Dark velvety skin patches
When they notice this, most people tend to exfoliate or scrub their skin. However, experts at the American Academy of Dermatology say that these patches indicate a medication reaction or even pre-diabetes.
10. Smaller calves
Women whose calves are under 13 inches have a higher risk of suffering a stroke, as confirmed by a 2008 study released in the journal Stroke. What is the connection between calves and stroke? Those with small calves develop carotid plaques more often.
Having subcutaneous fat in the lower portion of the legs reduces the risk of plaque by drawing fatty acids out of the bloodstream.
11. Breast size
20-year-old women with a D cup (or more) breasts are 1.5 times more susceptible to having type 2 diabetes when compared to women with small breast.
The study was released in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, and confirmed that this may be caused by hormonally sensitive fat in breasts which makes women prone to developing insulin resistance.