6 Seemingly Harmless Things That Are Actually Signs Of Health Problems
WARNING: if you're a hypochondriac, you probably shouldn't read this!
In movies, sometimes a character will interrupt a conversation with a cough that seems innocent at the time, but sure enough, a few scenes later, everyone's at that character's funeral lamenting, "We should have seen the signs!"
This is, of course, just a plot device, and it doesn't bear any resemblance to the real world...or does it? One might think your body would tell you if it's dying -- "HEY, LISTEN UP! GO TO THE DOCTOR" -- but oftentimes, it warns us in the most frustratingly subtle ways. Here are some symptoms that may seem harmless at first...but could end up spelling your doom.
Despite brushing, keeping soda out of your diet, and doing virtually everything your dentist tell you to do, is your enamel still too weak? Well, then you might have an acid reflux problem in your stomach! While sugary treats wear down the enamel on the front of your teeth, acid from your stomach may be eroding the backs!
There may be a link between hair loss and prostate cancer in men. Studies show that men with moderate balding are 83% more likely to get prostate cancer down the line. But how does hair protect you from prostate cancer? It doesn't! The real culprit is testosterone. Too much of it is the true cause of balding AS WELL AS problems with the prostate.
Write a sentence down on a piece of paper. Now write it nine more times. Notice any noticeable differences? If you see that each time you wrote the sentence the words got smaller and more crowded together, it could be an early sign of Parkinson's. You see Parkinson's causes the nerves to stop producing dopamine, which causes stiffness in your hands. This can affect your handwriting.
If your pointer finger is longer than your ring finger, it may be an indicator of schizophrenia. A recent study confirms that men with this sort of digit ratio are likely to have a disturbed hormonal balance that could also lead to schizophrenia.
Is the reason you're not tipping well enough not the fault of the service you received, but because you're too afraid to do the calculations? The inability to perform simple math equations could be a early warning sign of Alzheimer's. One brain fart might not mean much, but if it happens on a regular basis, it could be a signal for memory problems later in life.
If you snore, you may actually be keeping up you partner with your weakening heart. Sleep apnea is linked to the thickening of arteries in the neck, which can lead to strokes and heart attacks more than commonly thought heart detriments (smoking or increased weight).
Of course, these symptoms can be caused by any number of things, so don't go buying a plot in the cemetery just yet. Consult a doctor if your symptoms are really troubling you, no matter how small. You might come off looking like a crazy person, but a little piece of mind is better than freaking out over it.