Taking care of our health is a serious business. As we grow older, the more we have to pay attention to our bodies. A lot of people are suffering from illnesses they do not know because the symptoms are often overlooked. Here are 5 of the most common hidden illnesses you have to be aware of:
- Type 2 diabetes
Diabetes mellitus type 2 is a metabolic disorder characterized by high blood sugar content. Some of the symptoms include unexplained weight loss, frequent urination, and excessive thirst. Very common right? Which is why people often neglect getting checked by the doctor. You could have diabetes for years and not know. Left untreated, it could affect your heart, kidneys, and even your eyes. Thankfully, Type 2 diabetes is curable with constant medication. When you’re reaching your 40s, take time to get screened for glucose levels.
Couples who are sexually active have a real possibility of acquiring STDs. It’s very important to get tested, and be responsible for your health. Here’s a website to check out about STD awareness and how you can get yourself checked.
There are STDs that don’t have obvious symptoms. You may already have it and not know about it. The most common ones that don’t show any symptoms are:
- HPV (Human papilloma virus)
When you reach your 30s, your doctor will most likely recommend getting tested. Take advantage of it and make it a regular thing.
Fibromyalgia is hard to diagnose, despite being very full of symptoms. People with this illness feel chronic pain from all over the body. This is caused by the brain amplifying bodily sensations, which is being interpreted as pain. There is no test for this certain disorder so it could take years for physicians to properly identify it. Fortunately, it’s not life-threatening. But the chronic pain could possibly take a toll on the patient’s mental health.
Also known as underactive thyroid disease, this happens when not enough thyroid hormone is produced by the thyroid gland. The thyroid controls your body’s metabolism. It affects how well you burn calories, and also affects your heart rate, body temperature, and energy levels. Common symptoms of hypothyroidism include:
- Feelings of tiredness
- Intolerance to cold
- Slow digestion
- Weight gain
If you think you’re suffering from hypothyroidism, do not hesitate to consult your doctor.
The weakening of the bones doesn’t show physical symptoms. Which is why osteoporosis is considered a silent disease. Commonly experienced by women, osteoporosis starts at around 30 when the body stops building bone mass. Around menopausal period, women start losing bone density. There’s technically no pain, and you wouldn’t feel your bones getting brittle. That’s until you get injured and sustain a fracture. The hips and the spine are at most risk as you get older. Prevent this from happening by taking multivitamins and calcium everyday. 1,000mg of Calcium is the daily required per day when you’re below 50, and 1,200mg when you’re over 50.