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“Your body is giving us clues at all times”, said Dr. David Agus. This famous oncologist treated Lance Armstrong and helped Steve Jobs in his bout against cancer. He even urges a more active health monitoring in his paper “The End of Illness”.
Our body is designed to give off some health clues to alert us of any looming medical condition. You may find some of these health clues as peculiar, but they are actually supported by years of research and have helped physicians clue in on their patients’ state of health. In fact, scientists are discovering more and more physical quirks suggesting signs of Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and diabetes.
1. Finger length
According to a study in the Arthritis & Rheumatism journal done in in 2008, if you are a woman and your index fingers are shorter than your ring fingers, you may be twice as prone to suffer from osteoarthritis in the knees. This medical condition is also said to result from lower estrogen levels.
Prevention- Straighten each leg parallel to the floor while seated. Do this at least ten times, holding each repetition for five to ten seconds.
A study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shares that women may be missing a gene mutation that helps them reach their 100th birthday if they are taller than 5-foot-2.
Prevention- Follow the habits of centenarians and quit smoking, lower your alcohol intake and your meat consumption.
3. Leg length
If you have stocky legs, you may have to pay attention to your liver. In the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health published in 2008 by British researchers, it was discovered that a woman’s leg reaching between 20-29 inches indicate higher levels of enzymes linked to liver disease.
Prevention- Be conscious to various toxins you expose your body to. It would help to wear mask and gloves for protection against harsh chemicals. If you are a drinker, limit your wine intake to one 5-ounce serving or a 12-ounce bottle of beer daily.
4. Sense of smell
In the 2008 Annals of Neurology study, researchers believe that a person’s inability to distinguish the scent of bananas, lemons, cinnamon, etc. could be an early sign of Parkinson’s disease. They said that years prior to diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease, somewhere between 2 to 7 years, the brain’s olfactory function may be one of the first impacted by the disease.
Prevention- Include Omega-3 fatty acids in your diet through fish oil supplements and food rich in this nutrient. It can boost your brain’s resistance to a toxic compound causing Parkinson’s.
5. Arm length
If you spread your arms parallel to the floor and measure the span from fingertips to fingertips, and you measure less than 60 inches, you may be 1.5 times prone to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers from Tufts University also link decline of cognitive ability leading to Alzheimer’s to nutritional or other deficits during growing-up years.
Prevention- A study conducted by Rush University Medical Center found out that adults who engage in leisure activities such as painting or pottery or any brain activities, are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than those who do not challenge their brains.
6. Earlobe crease
The American Journal of Medicine found out in their study that a crease on one lobe raises that risk of cardiovascular condition by 33%, and on both lobes at 77%. Medical experts suspect that a lowered fiber elasticity may indicate hardening of the arteries.
Prevention- Watch your weight and mind what you eat to lower your cholesterol level. Try to keep your health healthy and your blood pressure at the normal.
7. Jean size
When you are at your 40’s and have large and bulging abdomen even you are not overweight, you are 3.6 times more likely to suffer from Dementia in your 70’s. Subcutaneous and visceral fat secrete more inflammatory hormones that are linked to cognitive decline.
Prevention- A portion-controlled Mediterranean style diet of olives, nuts, seeds, avocado, and dark chocolate are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids that prevent the accumulation of visceral fat.
8. Bra Size
A woman of 20 with a cup D size is 1.5 times prone to diabetes. In a 10-year study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, it is said that fat tissue stored in the woman’s breasts may influence insulin resistance which can harmfully lead to diabetes.
9. Calf size
In the 2009 French study Stroke, researchers found out that women with small calves, around 13 inches or less, may be more prone to carotid plaques, a risk factor for stroke. They said that larger calves have subcutaneous fat that can pull the fatty acids from the bloodstream and store them where they are less of a risk factor.
Prevention- Green tea can keep your heart healthy by lowering the risk of heart disease and stroke.
10. Blood type
If your blood type is A, B or AB, you are more likely to develop pancreatic cancer by 44% as compared to when you have blood type O. This is according to a study by researchers from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston and Harvard Medical School. They said a gene that determines the blood types A, B, or AB may also carry a genetic risk that determines the possibility of a pancreatic cancer.
Prevention- For adults, you can reduce your risk up to 44% if you consume 300 IU of Vitamin D supplement. You may also incorporate fortified low-fat dairy and fish like salmon in your diet.
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