Stealthy Health Problems
By Sara Butler
Most people assume that if they are sick, they’ll know it. The reality is there is a long list of health conditions and serious diseases that can fly under the radar for years (or longer) before you notice any symptoms. This is what makes preventative care so important since, in many instances, a screening can clue you in to things that are wrong with you before you even have symptoms. Here are some scary health issues that can seem to come out of nowhere!
High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is also called hypertension, and it’s not called the “silent killer” for nothing. High blood pressure doesn’t present you with many symptoms even though it can eventually lead to stroke and heart disease if left untreated. One of the most effective changes you can make for this condition is to follow something called the DASH diet, which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. This plan involves eating whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables, lean protein and healthy fats while watching your intake of cholesterol, saturated fat, and sodium. So make sure you’re getting your blood pressure checked regularly.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that more than 9 percent of people in the United States have diabetes, and of those people, a whopping 28 percent aren’t aware they have it. How can it sneak in under the radar? Well, it’s very common but also doesn’t have a lot of symptoms. That’s why getting your blood sugar checked at the doctor on a regular basis is important. These tests can help you know if you have prediabetes so you can take steps to avoid full blown diabetes in the future.
Many people are unaware they have osteoporosis until they fracture a bone in a fall. This condition causes the bones to be brittle, but most people brush it off as something that only impacts older people. The truth is that if you smoke, use alcohol excessively, don’t exercise, and take certain medications, then you’re at a higher risk to develop it. Women need bone-density screenings starting at age 65 and you need to ensure you’re getting the right of amount of calcium and Vitamin D in your diet. Resistance training can also help to reduce bone loss, resulting in fewer fractures. So don’t forget to get moving!
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