Very often, serious health problems often come as a shock. But realistically, no health condition develops overnight. It is a long process, and along the road, these chronic and potentially dangerous illnesses often show symptoms.
However, these symptoms are often so vague that it is often natural to ignore them, especially if you are otherwise healthy. But often, these symptoms are a clear indication that you are heading towards a health crisis. So why not explore them?
In this post, we share six subtle ways to know if you are heading towards a health crisis. These are some of the non-specific changes in your physical and mental state that often go undetected but can surely lead to something more serious.
Do you wake up often at night just to pee?
Urinating 6-8 times in 24 hours is normal; however, frequent urination can be a sign that you may be heading for a health crisis. Frequent urination may be a common condition for pregnant women; it is not always normal. It may indicate bladder stones or other diseases of the kidney and urinary tract conditions such as Interstitial cystitis and overactive bladder syndrome. Moreover, it may indicate an undiagnosed urinary tract infection.
Among women, certain types of vaginal infections can also lead to frequent urination. Moreover, frequent urination may also be an indication of bladder or prostate cancer.
But frequent urination is the most common early symptoms of diabetes. According to research, when your blood sugar level is higher, the kidneys try to get rid of the excess sugar in your system, so your body produces a lot more urine than it normally would, and you need to pee often.
If you have recently started to urinate more often, it is best to consult a doctor. Early diagnosis can save you from several complications of some serious healthcare problems.
Unexpected Changes in Your Weight
Unexpected weight gain and weight loss both can be an indication of something serious. If you have lost more than 10 pounds without any significant change in your lifestyle and physical activity, this is surely a health crisis in progress. Unexplained weight loss can be associated with changes in thyroid function, an important hormone that regulates metabolism. Moreover, it can also indicate certain types of cancers, including pancreatic, esophageal, and lung cancer.
Unexpected weight loss is not just the only alarming situation, but the complete opposite can be equally dangerous. Sudden weight gain is also a way to know you are heading for a health crisis. Imbalances of the important hormone, thyroid, can lead to sudden weight gain. Apart from thyroid imbalances, certain problems of the heart and kidneys can also result in weight gain.
If you have recently experienced a drastic fluctuation in your weight, do not take it casually. Ensure you schedule an appointment with your healthcare practitioner and rule out potentially dangerous health conditions that lead to changes in your weight.
Skin and Hair Changes
If you want to look into your overall health, your skin and hair may give you a good insight. Healthy and nourished skin and lustrous hair is a sign that you are eating a balanced diet that has all the minerals, vitamins, and proteins that are essential to keep your hair and skin healthy. But when your skin and hair are thin and fragile, it may indicate some underlying nutritional deficiency.
Moreover, dull and dry skin and hair can also indicate a potentially dangerous health condition known as Cushing Syndrome. It is a serious health condition caused by too much cortisol (stress hormone) in the blood.
As soon as you notice some unusual changes in your hair and skin texture, it is best to consult a doctor and find out the real reason before it turns into a health crisis.
Do you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep?
If sleep disturbance is a persistent issue, you may be experiencing sleep disorders.
Sleep disorders are a medical complication, but these disorders can also lead to several other health conditions. Inadequate sleep can lead to concentrating, lack of focus, congestive heart failure, osteoarthritis, and even Parkinson’s disease.
So before your sleep trouble converts into something serious, it is best to discuss your sleeping pattern with a healthcare provider so you can slow your progression towards a health crisis.
Changes in Hand Writing
When you think of Parkinson’s disease, most people think of tremors and uncontrolled movement but do you know there are subtle signs of the disease that often go unnoticed. One of the first and often the least noticed sign is changes in handwriting. According to research, a patient heading towards Parkinson’s is likely to experience stiffness in hands and fingers’ muscles, which affects handwriting.
Other common red flags for Parkinson’s are the loss of smell and intense physical dreams of kicking or punching during sleep. If you experience any of these symptoms that last for more than a few weeks, it is best to see a neurologist. In neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s, the earlier diagnosis means fewer complications, which in turn improve the quality of your life.
Life is stressful, but if general life stress is taking a toll on your physical and mental health, and you end up being irritable for no reason, it can be an indication that you may be heading for a health crisis. But this one is not a physical health condition but a mental health problem. If you are irritable, have erratic mood swings, and experience anxiety often, it is best to consult a psychologist. These may be signs of depression and for those who think depression is not serious, know that it is a leading cause of substance abuse and suicide.
Several other silent symptoms such as persistent cough, damaged toenails, and teeth and excessive sweating may all be red flags that indicate that you are heading for a health crisis. In all, if you notice any unusual change in your body, it is best not to ignore them and consult a healthcare provider as soon as possible.