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10 Ways Your Hands Are Trying To Warn You About Your Health That You Should Never Ignore

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You know everyone always says that your handshake says a lot about you? Well, it's not just your handshake.

Your entire hand is actually revealing a lot about not only your personality, but also your health. It's surprising how much about your health can be deciphered just through looking at your hands alone.

It's actually a good thing to keep an eye on these things, because there are some things that you may not have even known were an issue for you, but knowing it can help your doctors treat it before it gets too serious.

Here are some of the things you should be watching out for:

Sweaty Palms

Sure, you're already annoyed by your constantly sweating palms, but did you know it could actually be an indication of a medical issue?

Having sweaty palms is a common symptom of an overactive thyroid, because your metabolism is running too quickly, and is too busy burning calories.

It can also be caused by high levels of stress, which obviously can lead to a large number of medical issues that vary in severity.

Pale or White Nail Beds

If your nail beds seem to remain white all the time, or are significantly lighter than your skin tone, that often indicates that your body isn't producing enough red blood cells.

When your body doesn't have enough red blood cells, it can't oxygenate the blood properly, which can lead to anemia.

Your doctor can do a simple blood test to check, and then will recommend you increase your iron intake, but you should always check with them before starting anything on your own.

Bendy or Brittle Nails

If your nails feel like they are flexible, that definitely isn't ideal. Typically it suggests that you are lacking calcium.

Your doctor can check your calcium levels, and if it's low you'll have to add some extra calcium-rich foods or supplements into your diet.

Nail Ridges

If you find you are constantly getting little ridges on your nails, it is potentially because you aren't getting enough protein.

However, nail ridges are also common in people who are recovering from a serious illness.

Dark Streak Across Nail

Melanoma can appear anywhere on the body. An important area to check is the nails on your fingers and toes. The signs and symptoms don’t look like a typical mole on the skin. Symptoms of this condition include: a light- to dark-brown colored band on the nail that’s usually vertical or a dark band on the nail that slowly expands and covers more of the nail. It’s important to note that not all cases of this condition cause pigmentation changes in the nail. While this can make the melanoma more challenging to detect, a telltale sign of the condition is that it usually affects one nail at a time. These two photos are both Melanoma under the nail. So guys check your hands and feet and check your loved ones. If you see anything that resembles this book in for a skin care check straight away and please share this post around. You could just save someone’s life today. #charity #melanomawarriors #melanomaawareness #melanoma #letsbeatthis #getaskincheck #foreverfab #doingitforfab #skincancer #checkyourself #dontbeastatistic

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If you have something like looks like a line of black marker under your nail, and you know it's not a bruise, it could be a sign of melanoma.

As soon as you notice it, you should contact your doctor because melanoma is very serious and needs to be treated as soon as possible.

Strong Grip

You know people who have a really good, strong handshake? Well, that means they have a healthy heart.

A strong handshake is often associated with a stronger heart because it means your circulation is working well enough to get the strength into the fingers.

It also is linked to a better memory and faster problem-solving skills, and many other cognitive skills that need you to think quickly.

Clubbed Fingers

If you start to notice that the ends of your fingers are starting to grow wider, it should be checked by a doctor.

It's often linked to lung disease, signalling a lack of oxygen in the blood. It is common in those with lung cancer and cystic fibrosis.

It can also indicate a serious heart condition, so it's always important to get this situation checked out.

Red Palms

Getting big red blotches on your palms can indicate some serious stuff. It's associated with palmar erthema, which affects the liver.

The blotches appear because your liver is inflamed, which increases certain hormones in your body and dilates the blood in your extremities.

'Sausage' Fingers

We all joke about how our fingers are too fat when we make a typo, but if your fingers are actually swollen, it could be caused by excess salt in your diet, PMS, or dehydration.

It also could be caused by arthritis or a slow thyroid, so if it's happening consistently you should speak with your doctor.

Fat Deposits Over The Knuckes

If you ever find that your knuckles look like they are swollen, or they start to get some hard, yellow tinted bumps on them, you should definitely seek medical attention.

The condition is usually caused by familial hypercholesterolaemia, and it indicates that someone has dangerously high cholesterol levels. High cholesterol can lead to heart attacks and other heart related diseases, so it's important to monitor it closely.  

Source - The Sun / Medical Daily / Health / Reader's Digest / Prevention

It's always important to bring these things up with your doctor so you can treat any issues that come up.

Tanya has been writing for Shared for two years. She spends too much time thinking about dogs, Marvel movies, and ice cream. You can reach me at tanya@shared.com