4 Minor Signs that Your Health Might Be in Trouble

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Oct 29 · 7 min read

Our body is a machine and like any other machine, it has its down time and its own way of functioning. If something is off-balance, it will give warning signs that will signal us to pay more attention. Due to our busy lives, it’s convenient for us to brush off seemingly harmless health issues; we tend to forget that minor headache and often overlook feelings of constant fatigue or forgetfulness. While this may be a healthier approach to coping with, and living, life, we must be wary about prevalent health issues that recur on a daily basis.

Below are the four most common health issues that we usually ignore but must take more seriously, especially if they are recurring and frequent.

Headaches

Popping a painkiller is the go-to solution for a headache. In some cases, this short-term fix may work, but if you find yourself taking a Tylenol every morning (or even every other morning), then you may want to pay a visit to the doctor. Often times, persistent and recurring headaches can metamorphosize into sharp waves of of localized pain, in which case you most definitely need to see a doctor. Your headaches might symptomize something as minor as weak eyesight or as major as a brain tumour; better to be wary and proactive of seemingly minor issues pertaining to the body and mind!

Fatigue

It is normal to feel tired after a long day or a hectic week. But if your fatigue is ongoing, it might be something more than just workload or stress. There is a stark contrast between normal, acute, prolonged, and chronic fatigue — and the sooner we realize this, the better off we will be. Normal fatigue that results from working, jet lag, active boredom, and lack of sleep is common and not cause for concern, as it can be fixed with rest. Acute fatigue can occur as a result of depression, dehydration, low blood sugar, and/or mineral and vitamin deficiencies. While this, too, is not of immediate concern, one must be wary of acute fatigue because, if left unattended, it can lead to prolonged fatigue, which can have adverse consequences (e.g. fainting). Chronic fatigue is a self-reported fatigue lasting at least six consecutive months and may be either persistent or relapsing. It is a symptom of many diseases and conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, celiac disease, cancer, anemia, narcolepsy, heart failure, parkinsons, and the list just doesn’t end. So, be wary of your symptoms and get educated about your health so that you can intervene before it’s too late!

Depression

Mental health is as important as physical health. In recent years, people are more aware about the consequences of mental illness and more open to treatments. The issue that remains, however, is timely and appropriate intervention. For instance, since symptoms of depression are generalized and difficult to identify until they really magnify, it can be difficult to get help and treatment on time. Symptoms of major depressive disorder (MDD), for example, include weight loss or weight gain, sleeping too little or too much, feeling restless/agitated or sluggish/slowed down, feeling worthless/guilty, and so on. With such polarized and varying symptomology for the same disorder — and with the contingency that 5 of these symptoms must be experienced on most days for at least 2 weeks for it to be classified as MDD — it’s understandable why one may ward these signs off as “overreactions” or “a bad mood”. Nevertheless, as mental health awareness and accessibility to qualified therapists / psychiatrists grows, we become more and more embedded in a system that encourages proactive care.

Damage to Your Teeth

Oral health is very important. In fact, many of us don’t realize how intertwined our oral health is with the rest of our bodies. If plaques and cavities are left untreated, a serious gum-inflammatory condition (such as gingivitis) can occur. If left unattended, gingivitis can aggravate to the more advanced stage of the infection, called periodontitis, a disease that has often times been associated with chronic kidney disease. Habits as small as a reduction in smoking, regular tooth-brushing and flossing, and a reduction in sugary foods, can prevent the onset and prevalence of plaques to begin with.

Bottom Line

Our body and mind needs our utmost attention. We take our health for granted and only pay attention when we start experiencing aggravated symptoms. It’s high time that we capitalize on today’s digitally connected world and become more proactive (and less reactive) toward our health!

Our body is a machine and like any other machine, it has its down time and its own way of functioning. If something is off-balance, it will give warning signs that will signal us to pay more attention. Due to our busy lives, it’s convenient for us to brush off seemingly harmless health issues; we tend to forget that minor headache and often overlook feelings of constant fatigue or forgetfulness. While this may be a healthier approach to coping with, and living, life, we must be wary about prevalent health issues that recur on a daily basis.

Below are the four most common health issues that we usually ignore but must take more seriously, especially if they are recurring and frequent.

Headaches

Popping a painkiller is the go-to solution for a headache. In some cases, this short-term fix may work, but if you find yourself taking a Tylenol every morning (or even every other morning), then you may want to pay a visit to the doctor. Often times, persistent and recurring headaches can metamorphosize into sharp waves of of localized pain, in which case you most definitely need to see a doctor. Your headaches might symptomize something as minor as weak eyesight or as major as a brain tumour; better to be wary and proactive of seemingly minor issues pertaining to the body and mind!

Fatigue

It is normal to feel tired after a long day or a hectic week. But if your fatigue is ongoing, it might be something more than just workload or stress. There is a stark contrast between normal, acute, prolonged, and chronic fatigue — and the sooner we realize this, the better off we will be. Normal fatigue that results from working, jet lag, active boredom, and lack of sleep is common and not cause for concern, as it can be fixed with rest. Acute fatigue can occur as a result of depression, dehydration, low blood sugar, and/or mineral and vitamin deficiencies. While this, too, is not of immediate concern, one must be wary of acute fatigue because, if left unattended, it can lead to prolonged fatigue, which can have adverse consequences (e.g. fainting). Chronic fatigue is a self-reported fatigue lasting at least six consecutive months and may be either persistent or relapsing. It is a symptom of many diseases and conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, celiac disease, cancer, anemia, narcolepsy, heart failure, parkinsons, and the list just doesn’t end. So, be wary of your symptoms and get educated about your health so that you can intervene before it’s too late!

Depression

Mental health is as important as physical health. In recent years, people are more aware about the consequences of mental illness and more open to treatments. The issue that remains, however, is timely and appropriate intervention. For instance, since symptoms of depression are generalized and difficult to identify until they really magnify, it can be difficult to get help and treatment on time. Symptoms of major depressive disorder (MDD), for example, include weight loss or weight gain, sleeping too little or too much, feeling restless/agitated or sluggish/slowed down, feeling worthless/guilty, and so on. With such polarized and varying symptomology for the same disorder — and with the contingency that 5 of these symptoms must be experienced on most days for at least 2 weeks for it to be classified as MDD — it’s understandable why one may ward these signs off as “overreactions” or “a bad mood”. Nevertheless, as mental health awareness and accessibility to qualified therapists / psychiatrists grows, we become more and more embedded in a system that encourages proactive care.

Damage to Your Teeth

Oral health is very important. In fact, many of us don’t realize how intertwined our oral health is with the rest of our bodies. If plaques and cavities are left untreated, a serious gum-inflammatory condition (such as gingivitis) can occur. If left unattended, gingivitis can aggravate to the more advanced stage of the infection, called periodontitis, a disease that has often times been associated with chronic kidney disease. Habits as small as a reduction in smoking, regular tooth-brushing and flossing, and a reduction in sugary foods, can prevent the onset and prevalence of plaques to begin with.

Bottom Line

Our body and mind needs our utmost attention. We take our health for granted and only pay attention when we start experiencing aggravated symptoms. It’s high time that we capitalize on today’s digitally connected world and become more proactive (and less reactive) toward our health!

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