Our health is the most important thing we have. It is often when things are too late that we take into consideration the value of having great health. Especially since the covid-19 pandemic, the cost of neglecting our health can lead to the worst possible outcome.
It would be easy for us all to simply go about our lives without the thought of possible health risks, however, this way of living will catch up to us all eventually. Catching the early warning signs of possible problems can be the difference between nipping the problem in the bud, and letting the issue manifest into something much more detrimental to our health.
Luckily with the new developments in technology, we now have access to the information we need to spot the early warning signs of potential health risks. We have compiled a list of the most common warning signs of problems that can be helped if spotted as soon as possible.
If you have experienced any of the following health risks, you should seek professional advice:
Sudden Weight Fluctuation
Sudden weight gain or loss can be many different things, and a few of these things are detrimental to our health. Sudden weight gain might be a sign of diabetes, thyroid issues, or general digestive issues that may not be harmful in the early stages. More specifically, if your diet and activity regimes have not changed yet you have seen changes in your weight, you should seek medical advice as to why this might have happened.
Having a loss of appetite can be detrimental to your health if left unchecked. Especially if the loss of appetite is stopping you from eating, or you are struggling to keep food down without throwing up. While a loss of appetite might be a sign of problems with your cognitive functions as a result of anxiety or other mental health problems, if it is a sudden change it might be something more serious. You should speak to your doctor as soon as possible to try and come to a solution as soon as possible.
Surprisingly, bleeding gums can be signs of serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke, or pregnancy complications. If you have had minimal bleeding for a long period you have probably not thought too much about it, but you should consider visiting your dentist if these problems persist or even get worse. It might be something more manageable such as an infection that can be resolved with antibiotics, but gum problems can lead to your teeth falling out which might result in a requirement for full dental implants.
Fatigue for all of us is extremely damaging to our health, as well as its ability to hinder our daily tasks. If you have been experiencing extreme fatigue for a while you should consider seeking medical advice. Fatigue might be a result of insomnia or restless sleep, however, it is still very common for people to experience such fatigue even after a full night’s sleep. This could be a result of many things such as high blood pressure, anemia, or potentially a requirement for a healthier lifestyle. Schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as you can if you have been experiencing fatigue.
Experiencing shortness of breath could be a sign of many different health-threatening problems. People who have lung problems, heart attacks, blood clots, and many other risk factors will often experience shortness of breath. Alternatively, this might be a result of mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, but regardless you should seek for your symptoms to be investigated.
Additionally, sweating is usually a healthy part of our bodily functioning, but it may also be a sign of something more serious. People who are experiencing excessive sweating for example during the night should seek medical advice. This might be an early sign of diabetes or some form of infection in the body to which your body is trying to release all of the negative toxins through sweat. Ask your doctors if you have been experiencing large amounts of sweating for a week or more.
Bloating is a common symptom that many of us will experience at some point, however, when it is causing large amounts of constant discomfort it will likely be something that a doctor will need to review. Bloating could potentially be a sign of constipation or even something more serious such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Your doctor will likely need to carry out a health assessment and discuss if you have made any lifestyle changes that could have caused the sudden bloating.
If you have abnormally raised areas on your skin that seem like hard lumps, you should seek medical advice as soon as possible. The lump might feel hard, squishy, or maybe even moveable under the skin. Ask your doctor to take a look into any lumps, as it might be as simple as a cyst which will eventually disappear over time. It can feel easy to ignore lumps and hope they go away by themselves, however, you should minimize any potential risks associated with lumps and ask for an accurate diagnosis of what the lump might be. It is better to be safe than sorry.
If you have any new moles, it can be a sign of skin cancer. Moles are of course common for a lot of us and many of our moles are usually safe and not a sign of cancer, but the appearance of a mole can be an indicator as to whether you should get it checked. For example, if you have a new mole that is raised, abnormally shaped, and has a combination of different colours, it might be a sign of cancer. It would not be wise to attempt to diagnose yourself, and instead, you should go to the doctor and carry out some tests on all of your mole concerns.
When we start to see signs of potential health risks a large percentage of us will ignore them and hope it goes away by themselves. This is the worst thing you can do if you are hoping to prevent any pre-existing problems from snowballing into something much worse. Take the best steps possible and regularly check for problems, and then if something seems off you should ask your doctor to immediately review it.