Maybe most of us can't even realize, what a complicated mechanism our body is. It remains only to marvel, how could the nature create this practically ideal integral system of cells, tissues, tubes, fibers and chemicals.
But like all sophisticated structures, our organism can be easily disturbed by wide variety of agents. Air pollution, radiation, stress, smoking, lack of sleep, excessive alcohol and long list of other factors can affect body's functioning. As a result, system may go haywire that leads to numerous diseases.
For example itching is not always related with skin problems, abdominal pain is not always about digestive disorders. The reason is that all organs are interconnected with each other and are regulated by nervous system, hormones, neurotransmitters etc.
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Be attentive to your body and don't ignore these signs, as they can detect serious problems.
#1. Bags and puffiness under the eyes – though pouches under your eyes are often caused by lack of high-quality sleep, it's also possible to have swollen eyes through overactive thyroid gland, makeup products allergy, liver or kidney disorders.
#2. Pimples – acne is usually a problem of teens, which is explained by hormonal alterations. But it's also not uncommon for adults to have pimples. Don't rush to blame your powder for skin rashes. Your pimples may be a warning sign of polycystic ovary syndrome, yeast infection, diabetes, pregnancy. Regular consumption of corticosteroids may also lead to acne development.
#3. Asymmetry of the face – you look in the mirror and notice that something is wrong. Your face looks not like yesterday. Don't ignore these changes, as facial asymmetry may indicate stroke occurrence.
#4. Paleness – it's worth to consult with your doctor if your relatives or you have noticed changes in skin color and blanching. The reasons of your pallor may be in anemia, folic acid deficiency, chronic infection and even cancer.
#5. Itching – pruritus is a really annoying condition, that makes you scratch all the time. You can notice that itching is accompanied by skin rashes like in psoriasis and dermatitis. It also may be a sign of certain internal problems like liver disease, thyroid dysfunction, kidney failure, multiple sclerosis and diabetes.
#6. Cough – cold is not a single trouble that can cause cough. Gastroesophageal reflux disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma are other common reasons of chronic cough. Review your drugs. Some of them such as enalapril and other ACE inhibitors may have cough-causing side effect.
#7. Thirst – it's naturally to feel thirsty especially in the heat or during workout. The problem is if you feel thirsty constantly. The possible causes of abnormal water-craving are diabetes, kidney problems, hyperparathyroidism, liver cirrhosis or excessive calcium supplements consumption.
#8. Eyelid spots – doctors call yellow patches on your eyelid xanthelasma. They are actually cholesterol fragments, which indicate high blood lipid levels. As you probably know, atherosclerosis (fatty deposits on the artery walls) is also closely connected with increased «bad» cholesterol concentration. These harmful accumulations inside arteries may lead to cardiovascular diseases and even stroke. Specialists say that hypothyroidism, kidney disorder and diabetes can also boost lipid levels in the blood.
#9. Muscle cramps – tenderness, pain and spasms in your muscles may tell you that your body needs more calcium, magnesium or potassium. Nerve damage, impaired blood circulation and various medications (furosemide, nifedipine, atorvastatin etc.) may cause muscle cramps.
#10. Excessive hair growth – a wide variety of conditions and changes in your body are due to hormonal imbalance. If you have too much male hormones androgens, you may experience unwanted hair growth on the face, arms, chest and back. Be aware that it’s not only cosmetic problem. Redundant hair growth may be a sign of polycystic ovary syndrome, adrenal gland troubles or a side effect of certain drugs like cyclosporine and anabolic steroids.
The BetterMe Team wants you and those close to you to live a healthy, happy life! Your health is a valuable thing; look after your body and your mind so that you can live your life to the fullest – Remember you only get one!
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