Sometimes, the physical signs of illness are pretty straightforward. An upset stomach can point to food poisoning. Chest pains and a tingling in the left arm can be a sign of a heart attack for men. There are some things, however, your body is telling you that may not be so cut and dry. For example, did you know that swollen feet might be a hint that you should head over to the cardiologist?
Your entire body, logically enough, contains clues to your health. From your head to your toes, body signs can help predict future ailments or point out when you should visit a doctor, stat. Continue below to discover the surprising things your body is telling you.
The human body is an amazing interconnected system. One part of the body can do something that affects another part in an unexpected way. For example, a person suffering from swollen feet and legs may be experiencing congestive heart failure. That's because heart failure obstructs blood flow, especially in the extremities. The condition also impacts the liver and digestive system.
Aside from marking a man's age, going bald may also indicate something is going wrong with the ol' ticker. A study looking at men, baldness, heart disease, and cholesterol showed that bald men with high cholesterol were at higher risk for heart disease. Unexpectedly, the study showed that men with a full head of hair but similar levels of cholesterol as their bald counterparts were not as likely to have heart disease. So, men who are going bald would be wise not to reach for the Rogaine, but to visit their cardiologist instead.
Arthritis is a condition that that causes pain in joints for 50 million people in America. The disease is obviously painful, but it can also be signaled by conditions other than stiff joints. For example, nail pitting can indicate that someone is suffering from the painful disorder. Nail pitting, or when finger nails have small depressions in them, also shows if a person has psoriasis.
It's strange to think that the mouth and heart could be related, but that does seem to be the case. Gum disease makes the gums inflamed and can cause gums to recede, but that's not all. Periodontal disease has been linked to more than an unsavory smile. The chronic infection has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. It has also been linked to a lower birth weight for pregnant woman. If you've ever needed more incentive to brush and floss daily, this is it.