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15 things your eyes, hair and skin could be trying to reveal about your health

Kidney diseases, diabetes and lupus are just some of the underlying issues which could be the reason for hairfall, brittle nails or patchy skin.

health Updated: Jul 21, 2018 15:30 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Delhi
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The state of your hair could point at various health issues. If you’re suffering from a lot of hair-loss, it could point towards a lack of certain minerals. (Shutterstock)

You can know about your fitness and health simply by looking at your eyes, hair and skin. This is because various underlying health issues such as heart disease, kidney problems and osteoporosis make themselves heard through the state of your eyes and skin.

Eyes

Various health conditions can be detected via our eyes, which is why ophthalmologists and optometrists spot health problems before others do. Here are a few signs given out by your eyes that may signal health issues.

1. Red spots

Your eyes could appear red because of tiredness or lack of sleep, but dark red spots on the eye could mean that you are diabetic. (Shutterstock)

Your eyes could appear red because of tiredness or lack of sleep, but dark red spots on the eye could mean that you are diabetic. Diabetes causes blood sugar to build up, due to which blood vessels in the eye could swell or burst. This condition is termed as diabetic retinopathy.

2. White rings

A white ring around the iris could mean you have high cholesterol. You should get this checked as it could lead to heart attack or a stroke.

3. Eye pain

Pain in the eye could mean that you might have a tumour, aneurysm, infection or multiple sclerosis. Of course, you need to get this checked by a professional to be sure.

4. Dry eyes

If dry eyes are a regular occurrence for you, go and get it checked by a doctor. (Shutterstock)

Dry eyes could be due to the weather or cigarette smoke; however, it could also be a symptom of thyroid disease or autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. If dry eyes are a regular occurrence for you, go and get it checked by a doctor.

5. Twitchy eyes

If your eyes get overly teary, then it’s time for you to you shut down all your electronic devices and catch some shut eye. If the twitch doesn’t go away, it could mean a neurological problem.

6. Night blindness

Night blindness is the inability to see in low light, and if that happens at a young age, it could mean that you’re suffering from vitamin A deficiency. You should start eating foods like carrots, kale and spinach.

Hair

The state of your hair could point at various health issues. Here’s how you can monitor your overall well being and spot a problem.

7. Thinning eyebrows

Hyperthyroidism could lead to hair loss, and this can be most visible in your eyebrows. If the outer third of your eyebrow start looking patchy, your thyroid hormones may be responsible.

8. More hair growth

Polycystic ovary syndrome could be a reason for excess hair growth. (Shutterstock)

Excess hair growth in women could mean their bodies have extra testosterone. They could tackle this problem by cutting down on their sugar intake and exercising regularly. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is another reason for excess hair growth.

9. Thinning hair

If you notice that your hair has become thin and is breaking off easily, you should check your diet. You need to feed your body the right foods for strong hair.

10. Shedding

Excess shedding of hair while combing could mean that you are suffering from lack of iron.

Skin

The skin is the body’s largest organ, and the state of your skin can indicate a lot when it comes to overall health. As skin cells are always dividing, problems inside could show a lot on the outside.

11. Hives

Stress can cause rashes or hives in your skin. This happens because your skin starts to react to certain foods, leading to breakouts.

12. Wrinkles

Wrinkles are a normal sign of ageing. However, if they start appearing before their time, it could point to a serious problem. Deep brow wrinkles in early or pre-menopausal women could mean they have osteoporosis. Wrinkles in areas that are not exposed to the sun could be a sign of high blood pressure, and also denote a higher risk of cardiovascular disease.

13. Dry lips

Dry lips normally mean that you need to drink more water. (Shutterstock)

Dry lips normally mean that you need to drink more water. But cracked lips could point towards riboflavin deficiency or yeast infection.

14. Weak nails

Nails that are strong and healthy signify good health while brittle nails mean you have a certain dietary deficiencies.

15. Nail colour

If your nail colour or texture start changing, or you notice peeling by the side of the nails, you should get yourself checked for liver or kidney problems. Get a health test just to be sure.

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First Published: Jul 21, 2018 15:29 IST