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Your skin and nails often show early signs of health issues. Here's what to look for.
The body gives external signs of early disease and or vitamin deficiencies. We all have skin issues at some point in our lives.
Since it's the largest organ, your skin may show the first signs of illness. Health experts are saying the your skin often shows signs of cancer, and endocrine related illnesses. Yes we know that too much sun can cause skin to appear leathery and wrinkled.
If you have thick, dark patches of skin you may have diabetes, or other endocrine imbalances.
From time to time, we all have skin blemishes and bumps.
Warning signs of cancer: ABCDE Test
If you have skin lesions and they don't go away, it's important to get them checked out. The ABCDE test is simple.
A is for asymetric, B is for irregular border, C is for changing color, D is for diameter greater than a pencil eraser, and E is for elevated. If you have any of these signs you should get checkout out by a doctor.
Other skin conditions may signal eczema red,dry skin patches. May be linked to anxiety and depression. More information can be found at www.rd.com/com/health/conditions/skin-disease. New research has linked Adults, and children with ADD/ADHD with eczema.
You may have something called skin tags. These are little extensions of skin that hang. It's normal to have some, but too many may be a sign of Diabetes. They can easily be removed if you find them hard to live with.
Don't underestimate nail health, as this can provide clues to health changes. White spots on nail beds can indicate a zinc deficiency. You may want to supplement with a multivitamin and minerals. Silica is a great supplement for nail health.
Brittle nails and hair maybe a clue of a thyroid disorder. On the other hand, very soft nails can signal iron deficiency, or a liver condition.
You may notice that you have horizontal ridges on your nails. These lines are called Beau's lines. This can indicate high levels of stress, or uncontrolled Diabetes says The good Life Magazine. See healthline.com/health/skin-disorders.
Brown edges on finger nails may just be a sign of aging, but also may indicate serious diseases, like kidney or cardiovascular disease. These occur in both men and women.
Clubbed nails are often seen in the elderly, or persons with lung and other cardio vascular disease. Clubbed fingernails occur when the tips of the nails are thick and large and the nails curve around the tips.
Many other kinds of skin problems can come and go, but the ones that linger should be investigated by a doctor. It's important to determine when these conditions are a normal part of the aging process, or the hint of a health problem.
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