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Alzheimer’s Signs

Dealing with Alzheimer’s disease can be frightening, and sometimes it is difficult to tell what may be a sign of the onset of Alzheimer’s disease or a typical age-related change. The Alzheimer’s Association gives 10 early signs and symptoms for Alzheimer’s, including memory loss that disrupts daily life, difficulty completing familiar tasks, and new problems with words when speaking or writing.

Anyone experiencing early warning signs of Alzheimer’s should immediately see a doctor, the association states. Early detection allows patients to get the maximum benefit from available treatments. For more information, visit alz.org.

Eye on Your Health

While regular eye appointments are important, eye conditions can also give information about other problems. Some eye conditions that could indicate other problems are:

Blurry vision: It’s easy to pass off blurry vision as just needing a new pair of glasses, but blurred vision can also be a sign of diabetes.

Cornea rings: If you’re under 40, a gray-white line of fat deposit around your cornea might be a sign of dangerously high cholesterol.

Yellow eyes: If the whites of your eyes turn yellow, this it’s usually a sign of jaundice, caused by liver problems.

Heart Health

A racing heartbeat or a fluttering in your chest may be a sign of a heart arrhythmia, which is caused when the electrical impulses that coordinate your heartbeats don’t work properly. Heart arrhythmias may be harmless, but others may cause bothersome and even life-threatening symptoms, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Symptoms such as shortness of breath, weakness, dizziness, chest pain or fainting require urgent medical care if you feel them at a time you normally wouldn’t expect. Conditions such as congenital heart disease, high blood pressure and obstructive sleep apnea may increase your risk of developing an arrhythmia.

The Hormone Hub

The thyroid gland influences almost all the metabolic processes in your body. Problems with your thyroid may range from minor to serious, but it’s important to have any signs checked out.

According to WebMD, the most common thyroid problems involve the overproduction of hormones, leading to hyperthyroidism, or underproduction of hormones, leading to hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism can lead to a myxedema coma if left untreated for a long period.

Other problems include an enlarged gland, or goiter, that requires no treatment, or life-threatening cancer, which is rare and occurs in about 5 percent of thyroid nodules, WebMD states.

Be Active

The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise or at least 75 minutes of rigorous exercise per week, or some combination. The goal is overall cardiovascular health. To lower cholesterol levels or reduce blood pressure, the association recommends 40 minutes of aerobic exercise three to four times a week. Upping the cardio a bit lowers the risk for heart attack and stroke. Losing weight usually occurs with higher cardio activity; however, some studies have shown this may not always be the case. You need to find the right balance between aerobic exercise, weight training and calisthenics.

Sleep Positions

Your sleep position may have more of an impact on your overall health than you realize. Many people may experience relief from heartburn symptoms by sleeping on their left sides – in that position, part of the stomach rests lower than your esophagus, which means stomach acids have more trouble migrating up, according to Berkeley Wellness. Sleeping on your back can also worsen sleep-related breathing disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea, and lying on your stomach to sleep can lead to neck and back pain because of stress on the neck and cervical vertebrae.

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