Live Longer: Improve Your Health, Stay Healthy
Heavy abdominal pain, abrupt loss of vision or speech and pains in the chest are circumstances in which immediate medical attention is needed. But what about more subtle signs or symptoms? It’s sometimes hard to know what should be done.
“There’s nothing more important than our good health – that’s our principal capital asset.” – Arlen Specter
Here is a list of six symptoms and signs which are worth considering.
Unexplained Weight Loss
Weight loss without trying might sound like a dream, but actually, it can signal a health problem. You have to consult your doctor if you are not obese and have lost more than ten pounds or more than five percent of your body weight in the past six to twelve months. Different conditions, including hyperthyroidism, diabetes, depression, headache, cancer, or a nutrient disorder may cause an unexplained weight loss (malabsorption disorders).
Repetitive High Fever
A fever is not always an alarm. In the fight against infection, fevers seem to play an important role. Persistent fever could indicate hidden diseases, from urinary tract infections to tuberculosis. In certain cases, carcinogens, such as lymphomas, are responsible for prolonged or persistent fevers, as are some medications. If you have a 103 F (39.4 C) or higher temperature or have had more than three days of fever, please consult your doctor.
Shortness Of Breath
An underlying health problem may be indicated by shortness of breath. Very hard workouts, extreme temperatures, massive obesity, and high altitude can all cause breathlessness. Apart from these examples, breath shortages are probably a sign of a health problem. If your shortness of breath is unexplained, especially when it happens suddenly and is serious, seek emergency medical treatment. Causes of breathlessness can include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia, a pulmonary embolism, or other heart and lung problems. A sudden episode of intense anxiety that triggers serious physical responses without apparent cause may also lead to breathing difficulties.
Variations In Bowel Habits
What is considered normal for bowel movements varies widely. Unusual changes in a bowel movement may signal a bacterial infection, like campylobacter infection, salmonella, or a viral or parasite infection. Be aware of unusual changes, such as bloody, black colored stool or stuffing, persistent diarrhea, or constipation. Check for unexpected changes in what is normal for you with your doctor. Additional possible causes include bowel and colon cancer or an irritable disease.
If you feel full sooner than usual after eating less, check with your doctor. Early satiety can also be combined with nausea, vomiting, bloating, or weight loss. If you experience this, please inform your doctor about the symptoms and signs. Gastroparesis is a condition where it takes too long for food to be emptied. This disorder may have a number of symptoms, like vomiting, nausea, and slow emptying of the stomach called gastric emptying delays.
Gastroparesis may occur due to a number of problems. The main cause of gastroparesis is not known, but symptoms can be managed through medical care. Gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly called GERD, and peptic ulcers can also be possible causes of early satiety. A more severe problem, like pancreatic cancer, could in some cases be a factor.
Tiredness And Energy Slumps
Daytime energy slumps (usually mid-afternoon) are often a sign that blood sugar levels fluctuate. High sugar levels in the diet significantly increase blood sugar, levels then collapse, leading to the need for something sweet again. This creates fluctuating energy levels and feelings of hunger all day long. A steady blood sugar level should be maintained all day long. Consuming less sugar can help reduce peaks, so can eating more dried foods. Check your intake of carbs, raise your fiber intake. Drink water and stay hydrated, implement serving controls, eat fenugreek seeds, select foods with a low glycemic index.
Maintain healthy stress levels, get enough sound sleep, eat foods rich in chromium and magnesium, try apple cider vinegar, test out cinnamon extract and, most importantly, lose weight.
Poor And Restless Sleep
Do you wake up feeling restless all night or toss and turn? Your food choices can have a big influence on your sleep. NHS research has found that drinking coffee can disrupt your sleep six hours before bed. So your 4 PM coffee fix, which may increase your energy, could have a negative effect that night on your sleep. The reduction of dietary stimulants and the addition of nutrient-rich foods to promote sleep are important for quality sleep. Many foods have anti-inflammatory effects, which can reduce inflammatory pain. Oily fish and some fruits, for example, like pineapple and papaya, also support anti-inflammatory reactions. This can also contribute to reducing your animal protein intake.
Food is far more than an energy source. Making sure that you get the right food in the right amount can improve your health in surprising ways. You should talk to your doctor if you have a health concern and many diagnoses will be supported by the right diet. By examining content, meal schedules, and the viability of these changes, a nutritional therapist can draw up a dietary plan to ensure that the required nutrients are integrated into your diet, taking into account potential lifestyle influences.
A healthy body is an important factor for living longer and stronger. Although all these factors may not necessarily harm your health in a serious way, precautions are always better than regrets. Consult your family doctor or a specialist immediately for a checkup if you notice any of the above health deterioration signs.
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