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Women’s Bodies May Give Subtle Clues to Many Health Problems


Ladies, are you listening to your bodies? Recently, Prevention magazine featured an article about 10 subtle clues your body may provide about many health problems. Consider the following health issues and clues:




  1. Osteoarthritis in the knees – According to studies conducted at the University of Nottingham, women whose index fingers are shorter than their ring fingers may be twice as likely to suffer from this condition
  2. Longevity – Scientists have discovered that women taller than 5-feet-2 inches may be missing a gene mutation important for living to age 100
  3. Liver problems – Women with stocky legs (measuring 20 to 29 inches) may have higher levels of four enzymes that contribute to liver disease
  4. Parkinson’s – Researchers have determined that older women who cannot detect scents, such as lemon, cinnamon or bananas, may be five times more likely to develop this condition within four years of discovering this loss of smell; the olfactory in the brain controls sense of smell and is an area usually targeted during the early stage of Parkinson’s
  5. Alzheimer’s – Women with short arm spans (measuring less than 60 inches) are 1½ times more likely to develop this disease
  6. Cardiovascular issues – Wrinkles in the earlobe may predict future heart problems; scientists believe that women with a crease on one earlobe have a 33 percent risk of cardiovascular problems, while a crease in both earlobes raises the risk to 77 percent
  7. Dementia – Women with larger abdomens in their 40s may be at higher risk of developing dementia in their 70s
  8. Diabetes – Researchers believe that women with a D-cup bra size at age 20 are at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes
  9. Carotid plaque – Scientists have discovered that women with small calves (measuring less than 13 inches) are likely to develop this risk factor for stroke
  10. Pancreatic cancer – Women with blood types A, B or AB have a 44 percent higher risk of developing this health problem

To learn more about these health concerns and prevention tips, read the article “Your Body’s 10 Weirdest Health Clues.”