Special Report

Warning Signs That You Are in Bad Health

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11. You eat but you’re always hungry: Diabetes

To get the energy you need, the body converts food into glucose. Different body cells then use insulin, a hormone, to convert the glucose to energy. Depending on the type of diabetes, your body may not produce enough insulin or the cells may not use it well. Either way, the result is an accumulation of glucose in the bloodstream as less glucose is converted to energy. The decrease in energy, which makes you feel more tired than usual, tends to cause hunger.

However, eating doesn’t solve the problem because no matter how much you eat, the glucose doesn’t get converted and you only end up with even higher blood sugar levels.

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12. You put on 5 sweatshirts when it’s warm: Thyroid problems

Thyroid problems can confuse your internal thermostat. An underactive thyroid could result in feeling chills all the time because you have less energy available for body cells to use. On the other hand, an overactive thyroid puts energy-producing cells into overdrive, making you sweat.

The thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate thermogenesis, also called heat production, acting both in peripheral and central organs. The hormones influence how much blood vessels dilate, affecting how much heat leaves the body.

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13. Waking up a lot: Sleep apnea

Experiencing persistent problems falling and staying asleep may be a sign of an underlying sleep disorder such as sleep apnea, which is distinguished by breathing pauses, usually lasting around 10 seconds, during sleep. The resulting increase of carbon dioxide is what causes you to wake up, and the cycle repeats itself throughout the night.

Inconsistent sleep and low blood oxygen levels as a result of the pauses in breathing can lead to chronic fatigue, hypertension, heart disease, anxiety, and memory problems.

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14. Eating very little but feeling very full: Stomach cancer

Stomach cancer can make people feel really “full,” especially in the upper abdomen, even after just a few bites. Vomiting solid food a few minutes after eating — with or without blood — is another sign. While these symptoms can easily be caused by something else, it’s good to be aware of them because many signs don’t appear until the cancer is advanced. Most cases of stomach cancer diagnosed nationwide are found at a later stage.

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15. Bloating: Certain cancers

“Bloating is the most common very early sign of ovarian cancer,” said Dr. Nicholas Tarricone, a gynecologist and the chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at ProHEALTH Care in Rockville Centre, New York. “Even fatigue shows up later.”

The bloating in the very early stages of the disease is actually gas building up in the abdomen as a result of the tumor growing and causing local inflammation. Bloating is also associated with cancers of the pancreas, colon, and stomach.

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