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Warning Signs That You Are in Bad Health

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26. Swollen gums: Heart disease

There is some evidence suggesting that gum disease and heart disease are more closely linked than previously thought. Inflammation of the gums may result in the narrowing of arteries, making it hard for blood to flow to the heart. If the swollen gums are infected with bacteria, resulting in pockets of pus, the bacteria may spread below the gums and through the blood vessels, eventually making their way to the heart.

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27. Dry eyes: Hepatitis C

Dry eyes are a familiar problem for people with allergies. But if a person has no history of allergies and is experiencing dry eyes, he or she should check this out. The underlying cause may be hepatitis C (HCV). A study published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology found that half of hep C patients had decreased tear production. “Dry eye syndrome is the most frequently observed ocular feature in HCV infection,” according to the conclusion of the study.

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28. Leg swelling: Poor blood circulation

Edema, or swelling, in the lower extremities may be a sign of poor blood circulation. Fluid that has leaked from tiny blood vessels, often accumulates in the legs, ankles, and feet. Edema is usually treated with medication and reduction of salt in the diet. If left untreated, it can lead to decreased blood circulation.

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