You might feel fit as a fiddle and have no symptoms of any sort of ailment whatsoever. Unfortunately, that can be the case for a lot of Aussies living with some sort of disease or illness. Getting regular health checks is imperative to keeping you healthy for longer and to stay on top of what's happening in your body. To inspire you to make that doctors appointment you've been putting off, here are 5 common ailments people don't know they have:
Diabetes is a disease where too much sugar is in the blood causing one of three types - Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational diabetes. While it's a common disease, it can be easy to miss the symptoms. Early signs of diabetes can be: increased thirst and hunger, frequent urination, blurred vision, fatigue and more. While there isn't a cure for diabetes, it is manageable by a healthy diet, regular exercise and monitoring your blood glucose levels.
High Blood Pressure
An extremely common ailment in Australians is high blood pressure. Your blood pressure is a vital part of how your heart works and it's important to get checked for it as there are no symptoms. Causes include family history, weight, not doing enough physical activity and more. Here, you may be recommended lifestyle changes, but it's best to book in with a doctor to have your blood pressure checked.
Osteoarthritis is a common type of arthritis where protective tissue breaks down on the bones, causing discomfort and joint pain. Common symptoms of osteoarthritis include stiffness in the joints, joint pain, weakness of the muscles, a limited range of movement in the joints and more. Treatments include lifestyle changes, physiotherapy, pain relief and surgery.
Heart disease affects around 1.2 million Australians and is the single leading cause of death in Australia, killing one Aussie every 27 minutes. Risk factors include high blood pressure, low fruit and vegetable intake, limited physical exercise, smoking, alcohol and obesity. Seeing a doctor regularly will help you stay on top of your health.
High cholesterol where high amounts of cholesterol are found in the blood, increasing the risk of heart attack or stroke. High cholesterol can be detected by a blood test and is a major health concern in Aussies. Treatments include a low fat diet, physical exercise and medication. Changing up your diet to include high unsaturated fats like oily fish, nuts and seeds can significantly help reduce cholesterol levels.
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