Bad Health Warning Signs

Six Surprising Signs You Should See Your Doctor

The body has lots of ways of telling you that you might be sick. Check out these warning signs.

June 17, 2016 | HF Healthy Living Team

Even if you feel perfectly healthy, your body might be sending you clues that you need to pay more attention to your health. Some of them may surprise you!

Click on the images below to learn more about these signals that it’s time to visit your doctor.

Eye Health Issues
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Changes in Your Eyes

 

Eye Health Issues
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Blurry vision or swelling in one or both eyes could be signs of retinopathy caused by diabetes. A gray or white ring around the eye could signal a build-up of fat deposits, a symptom of high cholesterol.

 

Wounds not healing quickly
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Slow-Healing Wounds

 

Wounds not healing quickly
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If small cuts and bruises seem to take a long time to heal, it might not be just your imagination. Slow-healing injuries could be a sign of a vitamin or other nutritional deficiency, or the result of poor circulation caused by diabetes.

 

Itching related Health Issues
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Itchiness

 

Itching related Health Issues
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Itching in the groin can be a sign of a sexually transmitted infection (STI), including trichomoniasis, herpes, or HPV.
Frequent yeast infections may be due to high sugar levels in your urine, a symptom of diabetes.
Itchy skin can be the first sign of pancreatic cancer.

 

Dental Health Issues
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Dental Problems

 

Dental Health Issues
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If you’ve stopped taking care of your teeth, your hair, or the way you look, it might be a sign that you have depression. Dental problems are common among people who suffer from depression, so in addition to visiting your dentist, you might want to see your doctor, too.

 

Yellow Skin & Eyes
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Yellow Skin or Eyes

 

Yellow Skin & Eyes
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Jaundice—yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes—can occur when bile cannot be eliminated and builds up in the liver. This can signal liver disease; Hepatitis A, B, or C; or pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer has few signs, so see a doctor right away if you have symptoms.

 

Losing Weight Rapidly
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Sudden Weight Loss

 

Losing Weight Rapidly
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If you’re losing weight and don’t know why, it might be a sign that your body can’t turn blood sugar into energy and is burning body weight instead. Cancers that affect the digestive system, like colorectal cancer, can slow digestion, leaving you fuller and likely to eat less than usual.

 

 

© 2016 HF Management Services, LLC.

Healthfirst is the brand name used for products and services provided by one or more of the Healthfirst group of affiliated companies. This health information or program is for educational purposes only and not intended to treat, diagnose, or act as a substitute for medical advice from your provider. Consult your healthcare provider and always follow your healthcare provider’s instructions.

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“9 Surprising Depression Symptoms,” Prevention.com. September 29, 2014. http://www.prevention.com/mind-body/surprising-depression-symptoms

“Arcus senilis: A sign of high cholesterol?,” Mayoclinic.org. January 15, 2014. http://www.mayoclinic.org/arcus-senilis/expert-answers/faq-20058306

“Colorectal cancer signs and symptoms,” American Cancer Society. January 20, 2016. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/colonandrectumcancer/detailedguide/colorectal-cancer-signs-and-symptoms

“Eye Complications,” American Diabetes Association. November 1, 2013. http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/complications/eye-complications/

“Hepatitis: Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment & Prevention,” National Institutes of Health. Accessed June 15, 2016. https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/magazine/issues/spring09/articles/spring09pg25.html

“Signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer,” American Cancer Society. April 5, 2016. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/pancreaticcancer/detailedguide/pancreatic-cancer-signs-and-symptoms

“Skin Complications,” American Diabetes Association. March 31, 2014. http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/complications/skin-complications.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/

“Slow healing of cuts and wounds,” Diabetes.co.uk. Accessed June 15, 2016. http://www.diabetes.co.uk/symptoms/slow-healing-of-wounds.html

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