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Thursday, October 15, 2015

What Your Hands Can Tell You About Your Health and These 6 Diseases

What Your Hands Can Tell You About Your Health and These 6 Diseases
Health issues can often become apparent before symptoms ever appear. Early signs of some health problems can appear in areas of the body, such as the skin, feet, face, and even the hands. These 6 diseases can often be discovered if you know what signs to look for in your hands.

6 diseases to look for by observing your hands

#1 - Nail color - the color of your nails can indicate kidney disease and even melanoma. Thirty-six percent of patients with kidney disease have nails that are half white (bottom) and half brown (top), according to researchers from India. A vertical stripe under the nail can indicate skin disease, or melanoma.

#2 - Finger length - according to an Arthritis & Rheumatism study, women whose ring fingers are longer than their index finger are twice as likely to develop arthritis in their knees. In men, it means a higher risk for prostate cancer. The cause is believed to be lower estrogen in women and testosterone surges in men.

#3 - Sweaty palms - this condition, also known as hyperhidrosis, could be a symptom of menopause or thyroid conditions.

#4 - Fingerprints - according to British researchers, people with a spiral-shaped fingerprints, called a whorl, are more likely to develop high blood pressure than people with other types of fingerprints. The more fingers with whorl-shaped prints, the greater the risk for high blood pressure.

#5 - Strength of grip - a strong grip indicates overall muscle strength and fitness, but a weak grip can indicate higher risk of heart attack and stroke, according to a new Lancet study. Lancet is a UK medical journal.

#6 - Shaky hands - this can indicate symptoms of Parkinson's disease. It can also be a side effect of taking certain medications, including asthma drugs and antidepressants.

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