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21 Things Your Body Can Tell You About Your Health

2. SWOLLEN FEET

Foot swelling is not uncommon. In fact, it is to be expected when women are pregnant or after people spend countless hours on their feet. However, when there is not obvious cause, talking to your doctor about heart failure might be in order. This condition is characterized by the heart not effectively pumping, resulting in fluid retention. Unfortunately, this condition is not uncommon, and it is estimated that every years in the United States, 550,000 new cases will be diagnosed, says Emory Healthcare. This condition can affect people of all ages, from children to the elderly.

3. PALE TONGUE

Under normal circumstances, your tongue should be pink, moist and taste buds should be visible. If your tongue is dry and pale, this could indicate an iron deficiency, according to acupuncturist Katie Clifton. A quick blood test will tell you if your iron levels are too low.

4. ABNORMAL SWEAT SMELLS

Your sweat and how it smells can give you a lot of information about your general health. For example, your blood sugar might be abnormal if your sweat takes on an acetone odor. Dr. Lawrence Wilson states that those with diabetes might also have a sweet smell due to the sugar accumulating on the skin. Liver or kidneys problems might be present if it smells like ammonia.

5. CHECK THE LENGTH OF YOUR FINGERS

Women want to examine their ring and index fingers to see which is longer. A study in Arthritis & Rheumatism in 2008 concluded that women whose ring fingers are longer compared to their index fingers were twice as likely to develop osteoarthritis in their knees.

6. LOSS OF EYEBROW HAIR

Full and dark eyebrows are all the rage in the beauty world, but if your eyebrows are becoming sparse, it might be due to thyroid disease, according to David Wolfe. This can happen with both overactive and underactive thyroid conditions. When thyroid disease is to blame, you typically notice the outer section of your eyebrows starting to thin out.

7. STINKY FEET

If your feet smell despite clean shoes, socks and proper hygiene, you might be dealing with athlete’s foot. This condition occurs as the result of a fungal infection and it is mildly contagious. It generally presents as a rash that is scaly and red, says the Mayo Clinic. Profound itching is common, and it tends to be at its worst when you first remove your socks and shoes.

8. ABNORMAL HAIR

In women, if hair is growing where it typically does not, this can signal an issue with your health. One of the most common reasons for this is polycystic ovarian syndrome. This condition is characterized by different metabolic problems and a hormonal imbalance. The abnormal or excessive hair growth is generally due to your body producing too many male hormones. The hair may grow on the face, back and in the ears. It is estimated that throughout the world, approximately 8 to 20 percent of women have this condition, states the NICHD.

9. DARK VELVETY SKIN PATCHES

When these first occur, most people think they just need to exfoliate or scrub harder. However, the American Academy of Dermatology says that these patches might signal a medication reaction or pre-diabetes.

10. SMALLER CALVES

Women with calves under 13 inches around might be at a higher risk of having a stroke, according to a 2008 study in the journal Stroke. The increased stroke risk is associated with those with smaller calves tending to develop carotid plaques more often. Having more subcutaneous fat in the lower legs might reduce the risk of plaques by taking fatty acids out of the bloodstream.

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