It’s so important to keep an eye on your health and to ensure that you go to the doctor whenever you notice something is amiss. Sometimes this is easier than others; you’ll feel unwell and, therefore, you’ll know that you need to see an expert.
In other cases, however, you might feel absolutely fine, yet that doesn’t mean there isn’t a problem that a doctor could help you with. There are a variety of different symptoms that people can have that link to different conditions but that aren’t immediately obvious. Here are just some to look out for.
Short Index Finger
It may be that you’ve never taken that much notice of your fingers before, although it’s probable that you’ll know if your index finger is short. What you really need to look at, though, is whether your index finger is actually shorter than your ring finger. If it is, you should speak to a professional about how to avoid osteoarthritis, but because studies have shown that people with shorter index fingers are more prone to this disease – although it will manifest in the knees rather than the hands as you might expect.
To help yourself, you can do exercises that strengthen the muscles in your knees, as well as ensure you eat plenty of fruit, vegetables, and calcium.
A man suffering from erectile dysfunction may be reluctant to seek help as they might find it embarrassing to admit they have an issue in that area. However, keeping it a secret is never a good idea. If you’re in a relationship, it will cause a lot of problems between the two of you, and you might find it’s an issue you can’t get back from. Even if you’re single or celibate, erectile dysfunction should not be ignored as it is generally a symptom of other conditions such as stress, depression, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
Even if you feel embarrassed, it’s wise to seek a doctor’s advice to ensure you understand why this is happening. Sildenafil tablets can also reduce the symptoms but always check with your doctor before taking any medication.
Poor Sense Of Smell
We know that losing your sense of smell can be a symptom of COVID-19 – this is something most people are highly aware of – but that’s not the only condition this symptom might point to. As we get older, our sense of smell does tend to deteriorate, but studies have shown that if you can no longer smell cinnamon, bananas, or lemons (and other specific items), you have a higher-than-average chance of developing Parkinson’s disease.
It is believed that the olfactory function of the brain is the first area to be affected by Parkinson’s, and this can occur between two and seven years prior to other symptoms. Therefore, if you find you can’t smell as well as you once did, it’s crucial to speak to a doctor to be tested. The earlier your diagnosis, the easier it is to treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (although a cure is still not available).
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