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Friday, August 21, 2015

5 Signs That You Might Be Sicker Than You Think

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Many health conditions start out with symptoms that we often ignore, thinking it is nothing to worry about. Some symptoms are obvious, such as chest pain indicating a possible heart attack, but here are 5 health signs you should not ignore because they may be indications that you are sicker than you think.

#1 - Snoring - everybody snores, right? Well, not everybody, but many people snore and think nothing of it. Snoring, however, can be a sign of sleep apnea, which is associated with increased heart disease risk. Snoring can damage the carotid arteries, which supply blood to the brain, and increase the risk for stroke or heart attack.

#2 - Erectile dysfunction - this condition is not just related to sexual matters but can be an indication of heart disease. According to an Australian study, men over 45 with severe erectile dysfunction are up to 60 percent more likely to be hospitalized for heart problems over a four-year period.

#3 - Frequent urination - if you find yourself making more and more trips to the bathroom, it could indicate a problem with diabetes. The frequent urination is caused by a buildup of sugar in the bloodstream and the body's attempt to flush it out.

#4 - Changes in handwriting - this doesn't seem like a big deal, but a study in Israel found that 97 percent of people with Parkinson's had early signs in their handwriting. Specifically, handwriting became smaller with words were written closer together.

#5 - Teeth enamel wearing away - especially if you are not a big consumer of sugary drinks, teeth enamel that is wearing away can be a sign of acid reflux. Acid reflux not only leads to tooth decay but can also increase your risk for cancer of the esophagus.

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