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Silent Symptoms of Serious Illness

By Sara Butler

You can have a serious illness and have silent symptoms -- symptoms that fly under the radar. Yes, you may think that a serious illness would announce its presence loud and clear in your life, but that's not always the case. Instead, symptoms can be much quieter. Your body may be sending you signals, but it's up to you to listen closely enough to decipher them. Here are a few silent symptoms you shouldn't ignore.

Hair Changes

Your hair is a great way to get insight into your health and wellness. That's because the nutrients you absorb in your gut are what the body uses to build hair. If you're deficient in some sort of vitamin or nutrient such as protein, your hair will reflect it.

If you're not getting enough iron, selenium, zinc, manganese, copper, Vitamin C, or protein, your hair can become thin and dull. It may also start to fall out. So don't ignore this symptom. Any changes you notice in your hair should be brought to the attention of a medical professional.

Fungal Infections

If you're constantly struggling with fungal infections such as athlete's foot, then it could be a sign a chronic illness. In fact, certain fungal infections can be a sign of diabetes. When you have uncontrolled blood sugars, certain yeasts that thrive on sugar can grow out of control in your body, leading to frequent fungal infections.

You should be tested for diabetes each year if you're at risk, according to the American Diabetes Association. Diabetes is serious and should be addressed as soon as possible so you don't develop other complications such as circulation issues, heart disease, and vision problems.

You're Clumsy

Everyone can be a little bit clumsy, but if you suddenly find yourself being much clumsier than usual or you start to become clumsier, you might want to get it checked out. It can be a sign of multiple sclerosis or Parkinson's disease, the symptoms of which include clumsiness, hand weakness, and frequent tripping.

A Cough

A cough can be something as simple as a cold or allergy, but a cough that is recurrent needs to be checked out by a doctor. It can be a sign of certain lung cancers such as mesothelioma, which is the result of asbestos exposure. If you have been exposed to asbestos, then it's certainly something that needs to be on your radar and a cough should never be ignored.

Make sure to never ignore even the subtle symptoms your body is sending you. They all mean something -- and you need to figure out what before it becomes a much larger problem for your health.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Dallas, Tex.

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