8 fast and efficient assessments of health at home
With the help of a simple and quick test, each person can assess their own health condition at home.
- Hips and waist – is a dangerous fat that accumulates in the waist area. Fat surrounds the internal organs. It increases the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and some types of cancer. Measurements of the hips and waist provide insight into the risk rate. Measure your waist and hips. Divide the first number by the second. There is no danger if the measurement result is 0.8 or less. The risk is moderate if the result is 0.81 to 0.85. A visit to the doctor is required if the result is above 0.85.
- Nail-healthy nails are strong, smooth, uniform in color, without separation and damage. The opposite indicates the presence of disease (anemia, thyroid disorder, vitamin and mineral deficiency, psoriasis and hormonal imbalance). Damaged nails can also indicate skin cancer, kidney problems and fungal infections. Examine your nails carefully. Notice discoloration, deformation, brittleness or damage to the nails. Heart disease often causes nail deformity. Yellow may be a symptom of thyroiditis, tuberculosis, or rheumatoid arthritis. The most serious reason is the presence of a white band from the edge of the nail plate to the skin. May indicate skin cancer.
- Breathing-breathing through the nose should be normal and undisturbed. Shortness of breath can be a sign of a cold, sinusitis, allergies and disorders in the structure of the nose. Take a handkerchief and try to blow your nose. If yellow or green mucus appears on the tissue – it may be a sign of infection. Clear liquid is not dangerous and is usually a symptom of a cold.
- Hair-normal occurrence is a daily loss of about 100 hairs. A visit to a trichologist is required if a person notices intense hair loss. It is possible that the body lacks biotin, zinc or iron. Heavy hair loss can mean a thyroid problem, severe stress, and changes in hormonal balance. Check how much hair remains on the comb. If more than 200 hairs remain after combing the hair then a visit to the doctor is required.
- Teeth and flesh around the teeth – gum disease accompanied by bleeding can cause the development of heart disease. This process is caused by bacteria that provoke tooth decay and negatively affect the work of the cardiovascular system. Look at dental floss after use. A visit to the dentist is recommended if there is residual blood on the dental floss.
- Skin-dry skin signals a lack of vitamins and minerals in the body. This symptom can sometimes mean a more serious health problem (kidney or thyroid disease). Run your fingernail over your forearm. Look at the clues. If there is peeling of the skin or scratches it means that the skin is deficient in vitamins. A visit to a dermatologist is recommended.
- Urine-urine of a healthy person is always clear or light yellow in color. The use of certain products may slightly affect the color of the urine. The color should always be the same. If the urine is dark yellow or contains traces of blood, a visit to a doctor is necessary (because these are signs of a possible urinary tract infection). Blood in the urine warns of kidney stones and even the development of bladder cancer.
- Eyes-Look carefully at the whites of the eyes. A yellow tinge indicates liver disease or problems. Red eyes can mean the appearance of herpes, allergies, dry eye syndrome, colds and flu.