Thinking that you’re healthy and actually being healthy are two very different things. You can go to the gym every week, floss after every meal, and go to sleep every night before 10 p.m., and still, you might be suffering in silence without even realizing it. But now is the time to learn about these less obvious health symptoms that could indicate a serious issue is going on—because when it comes to your health, knowledge is power.
1 You have skin tags.
Are you dealing with unsightly and uncomfortable skin tags? If so, you might have your cholesterol to blame. According to Mark Menolascino, MD, a functional medicine doctor and author of Heart Solution for Women, certain skin growths—called xanthelasmata—are “related to abnormal cholesterol metabolism.” These yellowish skin tags are “especially a concern when seen around the eyes,” he says.
If you think that you have xanthelasmata, see your doctor and have your lipid levels checked. You’ll want to correct any underlying cholesterol-related problems before they lead to something that’s not just a cosmetic concern.
2 You’re getting wrinkles.
As we age, our skin has a tendency to crease and lose elasticity. However, Dr. Eugene Charles, director of The Applied Kinesiology Center of New York and author of Journey To Healing: The Art and Science of Applied Kinesiology, notes that wrinkles can also be a silent sign of something that is in our control: a protein deficiency.
In fact, one 2007 analysis published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that middle-aged women with especially wrinkled skin had a significantly lower protein intake than women without a wrinkled appearance.
3 You have chronic neck pain.
You might not even realize it, but sitting at your desk all day in a hunched posture can cause “back and neck pain as well as tight muscle knots,” explains Leon Turetsky, NASM-CPT, NASM-CES, a certified personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist in the greater Boston area. Instead of slouching, make a conscious effort to sit up straight or, even better, invest in a standing desk that you can use to get off your feet every few hours.
4 Your fingernails are changing.
One of the surprising places where health problems manifest is your fingernails. “Changes in your fingernails and toes can be related to diet and bad habits like smoking,” says Peter Bidey, DO, assistant professor and vice-chair of family medicine at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. “It can also be an early sign that problems are occurring with your circulation or other internal systems.” read more bellow (next button)