Regular self-examinations at home can help identify and prevent many dangerous diseases. For example, 70% of breast cancer cases are detected by the patients themselves as a result of a self-breast exam at home. Nevertheless, if almost every girl knows how she can check her breasts, very few of them know how to check the condition of the eyes, the tongue, and the skin. In this article, we want to tell you what small body signals you should pay attention to in order to stay healthy.
We collected 7 body changes that can be signs of health issues.
7. Weight changes
Checking your weight is important. But you should keep in mind that drastic weight loss isn’t always something to be happy about, just like an additional 5-10 lb isn’t always the result of late-night snacking. The reasons for sudden changes in weight can be different:
- Thyroid gland disorders make your thyroid produce too many or not enough hormones, which can result in drastic weight changes. See an endocrinologist to test the level of thyroid-stimulating hormones. In some cases, a doctor can prescribe a thyroid biopsy.
- Not getting enough sleep can be another reason. Since your body perceives not getting enough sleep as stress, it starts to store fat. Therefore, it’s important to set your own regime and sleep no less than 8 hours per night.
- Weight fluctuation can also be caused by a hormonal disbalance which is especially noticeable before the beginning of the menstruation cycle. In this case, it’s recommended to see a gynecologist and check your hormone levels.
If you notice weight gain and swollen legs, feet, and fingers at the end of the day, then you may have edema. The reasons for edema can be different:
- Swollen facial features and puffy eyes in the morning can indicate problems with the kidneys. It’s important to see a urologist and to get an ultrasound of the entire urinary system.
- The second reason for edemas can be high blood pressure and problems with the heart. Take note of your blood pressure to keep it under control and visit a cardiologist to check your heart.
- If you notice protruding veins on your legs, then it’s likely that your edema is connected with varicose veins. In this case, we recommend that you see a phlebologist to check the condition of your veins.
5. Bruises on the body
If bruises keep appearing on your body quite often without any reasons for it, then it’s a sign that something in your body isn’t working properly. Bruises can appear for different reasons, such as vitamin deficiency or blood-related diseases.
- The lack of vitamin C, for example, can lead to issues with your metabolism which can cause the appearance of bruises. In this case, doctors recommend to diversify your nutrition and to include products that contain vitamin C.
- Vasculitis can be another reason for bruises on your body. This disease causes the walls of the vessels to become inflamed and, eventually, destroyed. Visit a doctor or a phlebologist and get a general blood test done.
- A reduction in the formation of thrombocytes (the cells responsible for blood clotting) and their rapid disintegration can lead to the appearance of bruises and this disease is called thrombocytopenia. In this case, we recommend that you see a doctor as soon as possible.