Health warnings you should never ignore

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If you’ve been finding yourself feeling more exhausted than usual, and cannot pinpoint why, it could well be your body trying to tell you something. Usually, we think of our doctor only when we feel really sick. But it pays to be aware of symptoms simply by observing ourselves. Not to the extent of being a hypochondriac – but reasonably alert so that you can catch the early symptoms and treat them before they get worse.

Health warnings you should never ignore

Here are some common symptoms to watch for:

Darkish colored urine that’s yellow, orange or brown

Urine brings to mind kidney health. If you take vitamins and other medications, these can influence the color of your urine. Drink plenty of water. If the color does not improve, talk to your doctor, who may suggest a urine dipstick test to check for risk of kidney disease.

You don’t know why you’re exhausted most of the time

Usually, anemia or thyroid issues can cause this. Try getting enough sleep and take your vitamins. If you don’t feel better, see your doctor.

The whites of your eyes are yellow

This is likely to be a sign of liver problems. Even if there are no other symptoms, you must get a liver function test done with your doctor’s prescription.

You have a constant headache with or without blurry vision

This happens from high blood pressure. Get your BP checked right away, once immediately and another time later in the day. If it exceeds 140/90, consult your doctor.

Your skin feels dry with marks or cracks

An underactive thyroid can cause this. It can also be due to vitamin C and zinc deficiency or a hormonal imbalance. See your doctor and ask about vitamin C and zinc supplements to see if it gets better. If you already suffer from thyroid or hormone issues, you may need a blood test.

Cracked lips

This, like dry skin is also due to a vitamin C/ zinc/ magnesium deficiency. You may need to take supplements for 2-3 months with your doctor’s advice.

Hunger, thirst and frequent trips to the loo

These are classic symptoms of a risk for diabetes. In fact, this is exactly how I was diagnosed as a type 2 diabetic. See your doctor and get your blood glucose tested two hours after breakfast. Do it on two different occasions and if it is higher than 7, your doctor may advise a glucose tolerance test.

Dark stools with an unusual stink

This happens when there’s bleeding in the stomach or a stomach ulcer. If the stool is light or white in color, it may be an indication of gall bladder or liver problems. See your doctor for urine and blood tests.

Unexplained weight loss or gain

Weight gain could mean an underactive thyroid or hormonal imbalance and weight loss could be an overactive thyroid, cancer, TB or diabetes. See your doctor for blood tests right away.

Swollen feet with a feeling of lethargy, anxiety, chest pain or palpitations

These are signs of heart problems. Get a cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure test done. If the results are not normal, see your doctor right away.

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After more than a decade in the corporate corporate work, I retired from my corporate career at 33 to focus on family. A change in priorities, and a passion for writing inspired me to start working from home and I am now living my dream as a writer and editor. I write content for clients, blog for businesses and edit manuscripts for publishers/authors. With six blogs of my own and published contributions across the web (The Huffington Post, PTPA, World of Moms, SheKnows), I writes to collect smiles and donate to charities. I shares stories about all the things I enjoy in life; parenting, mindful living, conversations, coffee, books, food, music, health, DIY, travel, photography and showing my diabetes who’s boss.

2 Comments

  1. Nilanjana Bose

    April 14, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Great tips. Being alert is the key to good health.

    Best,
    Nilanjana.

  2. N. Kumar

    April 17, 2016 at 6:31 am

    Absolutely! The human body is a complex organism. For the most part, we get signals and warnings long before things happen, when it comes to our health.

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