Your body has a way of speaking to you and it’s important to listen carefully to what it tries to tell you. The ways to do that would be to pay attention to signs that it gives you, such as changes in the color of your body parts or sensations and desires that you find uncommon.
Here are the signs you should never ignore, especially if you’re older than 50.
1. You suddenly start snoring
What it could be: Heart disease
It seems harmless, but snoring can actually indicate you’re going to have major heart problems in the near future.
No matter if you’ve just started snoring or you’ve been a long-time snorer, you should seek treatment. Snoring can cause sleep apnea, which has long been linked to cardiovascular disease
2. You’re losing weight unexpectedly
What it could be: Cancer
Your metabolism slows as you get older, making weight loss more difficult than it was in your 20s. If you start losing a rapid amount of weight unexpectedly when you’re over 50, you’ll want to ask your doctor for possible causes. In one of the more extreme scenarios, it could be cancer.
3. You’re urinating more often
What it could be: Type 2 diabetes
If you know that diabetes runs in your family and you haven’t gotten a physical in a while, it’s always a good idea to get everything checked out post-50. You can have Type 2 diabetes without even knowing it — and one of the signs is a frequent need to urinate.
4. Your hiccups just won’t go away
What it could be: Lung or esophageal cancer
Most cases of hiccups are totally harmless — but in some cases, they signal something serious. Cancer Research UK explains hiccups occur when your diaphragm spasms uncontrollably. And if you have lung or esophageal cancer that’s pressing on your diaphragm, this can also induce them.
5. You’re always cold
What it could be: Underactive thyroid
Your thyroid helps to regulate metabolism — and when it’s underactive, it comes with a wealth of symptoms aside from just weight gain. WebMD notes you may also feel cold easily, and you may also experience hair thinning, dry skin, fatigue, or constipation.
6. Swollen toes
Even if you have clear skin, no irritation, no itching, but your toes resemble sausages, you should see a doctor. This symptom might signal psoriatic arthritis.
The doctor you should see: dermatologist; rheumatologist.