Rapid advancements and
developments in science and medicine have led to an increased awareness among
the common people regarding different issues of health and wellness. Nearly all
forms of media today strive to educate the layman about the basics of diet and
nutrition so as to prevent many deficiency diseases and other health issues
pertaining to food.
We seem to have, however, missed
out on some basic facts. What we normally assume to be a minor symptom or a
teeny tiny issue, is often a signal for danger. Read on to find out more about
some common health issues that you may have been ignoring, which you need to
start giving importance to.
Health issue #1 Snoring
Why attach so much importance to
snoring you may think, but studies show that regular snorers are five times
more likely to fall prey to different life-threatening diseases like stroke,
high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and more. Sleep apnea, a common sleep
disorder wherein the patient momentarily stops breathing during sleep and wakes
up many times throughout the night, is also known to affect people who snore.
On an average, people wait for
around 18 years to get themselves treated for snoring. It's best to visit a
doctor and check for the cause for an early diagnosis and treatment.
Health issue #2 Frequent constipation, diarrhea and other digestive
Regular digestive problems like
diarrhea, constipation, stomach cramps, bloating and flatulence may seem to
affect every one of us at least once in a while. However, these problems when
coupled with weight loss, especially in elderly people, can be a sign of early
stomach cancer. Since cancer is often asymptomatic, it is best to get yourself
screened every 6 months, especially if you have a family history of cancer.
For developed cancers of the
stomach, the entire stomach may have to be removed, followed by radiotherapy or
any other suitable adjuvant therapy.
Health issue #3 Temporary loss of vision
Sudden, temporary loss of vision,
camera vision with flashes of bright light like that of a camera flash, pain,
swelling or redness of the eye, loss of peripheral vision and strain in the eye
are all symptoms of some severe eye problems. Glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy,
cataract and ocular cancers are some grave disorders of the eye that may show
these symptoms in the early stages.
Watch out for these symptoms and
visit an ophthalmologist immediately to rule out any possible problem.
Health issue #4 Loss of outer eyebrow
Thyroid problems are thought to
be among the most neglected health problems. Losing the outer third of your
eyebrow could signify hypothyroidism. Other general symptoms include tiredness
and fatigue, muscle weakness, felling cold, weight gain and susceptibility to
many other illnesses. Hypothyroidism also puts you at a risk of heart disease,
dementia and glaucoma.
A simple blood test is easy to
point out your levels of TSH and thyroxin.
Health issue #5 Fallen arches
Your feet are the ones that work
the most throughout the day, and are often ignored in many terms. Flat feet are
a cozy site for hammer toes, bunions and many other degenerative conditions
like arthritis. The supporting ligaments and muscles of your feet need proper
attention to work properly.
Many foot problems can be
corrected by avoiding the use of high heeled shoes and wearing an insole, a
device specially catering to people suffering from these foot problems.
Health issue #6 Misaligned, crooked teeth
Bacteria breed in areas that are
moist and lack friction. Spaces between crooked teeth, where the toothbrush
can't reach are the best breeding spots for bacteria that cause cavities and
decay of the tooth. Ignoring misaligned and crooked teeth could lead to gum and
tooth problems, which could impact heart health in the long run.
Visit a good orthodontist for a
proper treatment for your teeth and reduce the risk of gum problems by a good
Health issue #7 Swollen stomach
Though cancer in the early stages
is mostly difficult to comprehend, owing to its asymptomatic nature, it does
put forth a few minute health problems that may make it easier to get
diagnosed. People suffering from ovarian cancer often complain of having a
swollen stomach, especially the lower area, accompanied by other symptoms like
persistent pelvic pain, bloating and difficulty in eating.
Ignoring symptoms like these could
impact the health in more ways than one. Get an internal exam done to rule out
the possibility of cancer.
Health issue #8 Yellow spots around the eyes
Waxy, yellow spots around the
eyes and on the eyelids could be a symptoms of xanthelasma, a sinister disease
contributing to elevated cholesterol levels. This may also increase the risks
of heart attacks and stroke.
Get a blood test done and if your
cholesterol levels are high, opt for a diet having low cholesterol levels.
Health issue #9 Abnormal discharges
Gynecological problems are often
embarrassing and ignoring these could seriously affect your health. Ignoring
abnormal vaginal discharges that change color and have a peculiar smell could
be a sign of a pelvic infection. This could turn chronic if ignored for long
and may cause infertility, ectopic pregnancy and other life threatening
Make an appointment with a gynecologist and remember
to get a pelvic exam every year.