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7 Things Your Hands Will Tell You About Your Health

 Your hands are one of the first parts of your body to show signs of aging. They also indicate certain health problems. Doctors say that the condition of your hands can also determine medical changes that are going on elsewhere in the body. Here are 7 symptoms that you should pay attention to in order to maintain your health. 
 
1. Red palms
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Red palms, also known as palmar erythema, can indicate problems with your liver, particularly if you are over 50 years old. Usually, the redness is located on the outer edge of the palm. Red palms indicate a change in the hormonal balance which causes blood vessel dilation. Rheumatoid arthritis can also cause redness on the palms. So if you've spotted red areas on your hands, be sure to seek medical advice. You should also try switching to a healthy diet and lowering your alcohol intake. 
2. Sweaty palms
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Sweaty palms could be a result of many things including excessive sweating, stress, an overactive thyroid, or hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis is caused by excessive sweating and you can try strong antiperspirants or get a procedure done to fight hyperhidrosis. Try to limit your alcohol intake and learn to control your stress levels, by giving meditation and breathing techniques a go. If nothing seems to work, be sure to book an appointment with your doctor.
3. Loss of sensitivity and tingling
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Sometimes, we wake up with the feeling that we have lost sensitivity in certain parts of our body, and when we move it starts tingling. This usually occurs because we pressed on the sensory nerve for a long time. The tingling sensation occurs to give the nerve the time it needs to get back to work. In some cases, these symptoms in the hands can be a sign of a more serious issue, including cervical osteochondrosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, venous thrombosis of the limb, a brachial plexus injury, anemia or diabetes. If you tend to experience a loss of sensitivity often and for no reason, be sure to consult your doctor. 
4. Dry hands
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Dry skin on the hands occurs due to dehydration and estrogen deficiency which goes hand-in-hand with menopause. To avoid dehydration be sure to drink enough water and use moisturizing hand creams. Include oily fish, seeds, and nuts in your diet and visit a doctor for hormonal replacement therapy. This will help control the estrogen drop. 
5. Trembling hands
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Shaking hands can be a sign of a serious health problem, like Parkinson's Disease. If you are seriously concerned, be sure to get medical advice. In the meantime, it is essential that you limit your strong coffee and alcohol intake because it can also cause trembling hands. Anxiety and major stress may also be a contributing factor to trembling hands. 
6. Weak nails
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Nails that are weak or appear cracked may indicate a zinc deficiency. Zinc is especially important for our health as it promotes wound healing and helps cells divide, and strengthens the immune system. Add some zinc-rich foods to your diet too like oats, nuts, and meat. Doctors also recommend taking zinc as a supplement if its level is low in your body. 
7. Clubbed fingers
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If your fingers appear to look like a club or a drumstick where the nail and finger develop a bulbous end, this indicates a deficit of oxygen in your body. It may also be the symptom of a more serious disease like lung cancer or heart disease. Be sure to get professional medical advice if you are experiencing 'clubbing'. 
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