According to Margarita Rohr, M.D., a clinical instructor of internal medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. “It’s important to diagnose things early before they have the potential to cause more serious, and sometimes irreversible, effects, when something unusual happens, consider it an alert that something isn’t right and get it addressed.” Here, some signs that shows you are really unhealthy.
Are your lower extremities looking especially swollen? This is called edema, and it could be a marker of a thyroid issue (or even something more serious with your heart or kidneys), Rohr says. It’s important to see your healthcare provider, because while thyroid disorders can be kept under control, the treatment methods range from going on medication to starting a specialized exercise routine.
Long Ring Fingers
According to a study conducted by the University of Nottingham. The research found that if your ring finger is longer than your index finger, it could be a sign that you’re at a greater risk for osteoarthritis, especially in the knees. Study authors couldn’t pinpoint the exact reason why.
Here’s the thing: Keep up with a regular exercise routine, and maintain a healthy weight, and you can push back against any potential predispositions. But still talk to your doctor (obviously).
Cravings for Ice
If you’re always heading for the freezer and bypassing the cookie dough frozen yogurt — for, uh, ice — that may mean you have an iron deficiency, Rohr says. Why? People who suffer from a serious lack of iron often experience pica — a disorder that causes you to crave things with no nutritional value, specifically ice (although sometimes people reach for non-food items, like dirt or paper).
Your doc will have the best course of treatment, but adding iron-rich foods (red meat, leafy greens, iron-fortified cereals) into your diet will help, along with Vitamin C, which allows your body to better absorb the iron.