“Chronic and sometimes subtle symptoms can be the most important to pay attention to when it comes to protecting one’s future health,” says anti-inflammatory health coach Jenny Carr. “Sadly, these smoldering, persistent chronic health conditions affect more than 40 percent of the U.S. population.” To help you avoid becoming a statistic, here are 50 signs to be aware of.
You’re losing weight without trying.
If you suddenly start seeing the number on the scale drop and you haven’t been changing any diet or exercise habits, that unexplained weight loss could be signaling a health problem. The Mayo Clinic says losing more than 10 pounds, or more than 5 percent of your body weight, within six months to a year could be due to an overactive thyroid, diabetes, depression, liver disease, cancer, or other health issues.
You suddenly feel nauseous, dizzy, and/or tired.
Anytime you experience any combination of shortness of breath, nausea, chest or back pressure, dizziness, and extreme fatigue, Favini says you should take it very seriously.
“Women can certainly experience classical heart attack symptoms like severe chest pain, but they’re also more likely to have a heart attack that has an atypical presentation,” he says. “Women should look out for these symptoms and consider a heart attack as a possible cause, especially if they have risk factors for heart disease like high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, a history of smoking, or a family history of heart disease.”
Or you’re experiencing bleeding between your periods.
Experiencing abnormal bleeding or spotting between your periods is always worth bringing up to your doctor. According to the University of Michigan, it could be caused by PCOS, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), an infection of the pelvic organs, or certain medications.