How Your Appearance Reflects Your Health

Dr. Sacha Obaid, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Serving Dallas, Plano, Southlake, and Nearby Fort Worth, Texas


By Sacha Obaid

When it comes to your body you may be surprised to learn that your appearance reflects your health and vitality, very often. Many may brush off symptoms as part of the natural aging process, especially in their early stages. These signs and symptoms may appear minor at first, but may continue to progress as time passes into something much more serious. From swollen feet to dry skin, there may be many red flags that should prompt you to schedule a doctor visit. By listening to the warning signs that your body naturally produces; you can lead a longer, healthier, and happier life.

Abnormal Or Excessive Body Hair

As a woman, it’s very important to pay attention to any abnormal body hair. Not only can excessive body hair be an embarrassment, it can also be a warning sign of a condition known as PCOS, short for polycystic ovary syndrome. This disorder commonly affects women who are still actively experiencing their periods, and can lead to infertility and irregular periods. This excessive hair growth can occur anywhere on your body, but often appears on the hands, face, chest, or back.

Unexplained Hair Loss

Most women take great pride in their hair which makes hair loss, thinning hair, or extreme dryness a serious concern. A common culprit of unwanted hair loss is an imbalance with your thyroid gland’s hormone production. Hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism are both serious conditions that require medical attention to correct. Fortunately, with just a quick blood test your doctor can determine if your thyroid levels are correct and balanced. Since some thyroid conditions require lifelong medication, it’s essential to visit your doctor as soon as possible to determine the cause of your hair loss. Other conditions that can cause these symptoms include stress, hormone changes due to pregnancy, and medications.

Bad Breath

When your teeth experience decay, or if your gums become infected, it’s pertinent to see a dentist as soon as possible. Decreased jawbone density and other issues can occur due to poor hygiene or osteoporosis. Not only can tooth decay lead to missing teeth and bone loss, it can also heighten your risk of early death due to heart complications. An oral infection can enter your bloodstream and directly affect your heart, putting you at serious risk for heart disease. It’s essential to visit your dentist for routine cleanings and screenings to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

your appearance reflects your healthSerious Symptoms

Although pregnancy, sprains, infections, medications, and excessive body weight can cause swollen feet, this symptom should be taken very seriously since heart failure is often linked to fluid retention. This can occur when your heart’s ability to pump blood weakens, causing the blood to pool into your body’s lower regions. You may also experience swollen thighs, calves, or ankles when your heart is not effectively pumping enough blood throughout your system. Talk to your doctor about any concerns regarding swelling of your legs or feet early on to prevent any serious conditions from developing or worsening.