9 Simple Home Tests To Monitor And Improve Your Health

Hey there, viewers! Keeping track of your health 
requires more than just seeing a doctor once a   year. Many serious health issues are first 
identified at home rather than the doctor's   office. Patients are generally the first to 
realize when something’s wrong with their health.   You should perform some quick health checks 
to determine if you need professional help.  In today’s video, we’ll highlight tests that can 
detect a dangerous illness even before symptoms   arise. Can you check for artery problems at 
home? What about diabetes? We’ll talk about   all this AND more…
Diabetes  Due to a lack of time, or fear of physicians, 
many people avoid medical tests.

However,   you can do tests from the comfort of your home 
to find out about your health. These approaches   can help you determine if it's time to seek 
professional help, or if everything is okay.  Numbness in your feet is one of the silent 
diabetes symptoms you might be overlooking.   The condition is called diabetic neuropathy. 
Do you feel pins, needles, or tingling in your   feet? Does it feel like you’re wearing socks or 
gloves when you aren't? Are your feet so sensitive   that even a bed cover can hurt them? Well, all 
of these are signs of peripheral nerve injury.  The numbness may be difficult to detect on 
your own, so have someone else use a pencil   to evaluate the feeling in your extremities.

If 
you can tell you're being softly poked with the   tip or the eraser without looking, everything is 
fine. If not, it may be a red flag for diabetes.  The most frequent kind of nerve damage with 
diabetes is peripheral nerve injury, which affects   your hands, feet, legs, and arms. It frequently 
begins in one foot or both feet at the same time.  Touching your toes and feet with a sharp but safe 
item often informs you how good your nerves and   sensibilities are.

This is essential for people 
with diabetes and other nerve-related diseases.   If you don't feel sharp items in your toes as 
you should, it might indicate nerve injury;   the next step is to figure out why. You 
should see your doctor for more testing.  Have you tried poking your feet with a pencil? 
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Heart and Circulatory Problems  You may have heard that walking up the stairs is 
a healthier option than using the elevator. It’s   one of the best things cardiac physicians do to 
keep their hearts healthy. However, your stair   fitness level can also be utilized to assess 
whether you have cardiovascular issues or not.  Studies state that chest discomfort and 
shortness of breath are typical symptoms   of cardiovascular disease.

Shortness of breath 
is also a common symptom of angina and heart   failure. Patients with cardiovascular disease 
may feel both chest pain and shortness of breath   at different times, but many have both at once.
You will have to leave your house to complete   this exam. Climb an 8-12 step ladder while 
singing a song. You may also talk on the   phone or read something out loud. The most 
crucial thing is to communicate. If your   heart is racing and you're having trouble 
breathing, it's a sign your cardiovascular   system and lungs aren't up to the task.
Just a reminder that home-based tests do   not substitute a doctor's expert 
advice. If you have any symptoms   that concern you, talk to a doctor ASAP.
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Anemia  Anemia affects around 2 billion people, 
or roughly 40% of the world's population,   according to the World Health Organization.

It’s 
caused by a deficiency of hemoglobin, which means   that the body's muscles and tissues aren't getting 
enough oxygen and can't perform at full capacity.  Other signs of iron deficiency 
include paler-than-normal skin   and pale pigmentation on the inside of the lower 
eyelids. Because hemoglobin in red blood cells   gives blood its red color, iron deficiency causes 
the blood to become less red. Paleness caused by   iron deficiency can develop all over the body, 
or be isolated to one region such as the face,   gums, insides of lips, or lower eyelids.
For this test, you should pull your lower   eyelid down while standing in front of a mirror. 
The interior layer of your lower eyelid should   be red as you pull it down.

If it's a very 
pale pink or yellow tint, it might mean you   have anemia. You should see a doctor if you 
find you’re pale, tired, or unable to breathe.  Paleness is more prevalent in moderate 
and severe anemia cases. It’s one of   the first things physicians check for. 
It should, however, be double-checked.  Hearing
You need to get into a   quiet environment to complete this exam. Rub your 
fingers together and place your hand next to your   ear. Can you hear this sound? Now move your hand 
as far away from your ear as possible, rub your   fingers together once more. Is the sound still 
audible? If you answered yes to both, congrats,   your hearing is in good shape. Remember to perform 
the same thing with the second ear as well.  Before we move ahead, here’s another video you 
might like. Watch and learn what happens to your   body if you do squats every day. Now back 
to our talk on easy, at-home medical tests.  Arterial Issues
Blood is delivered to the limbs   through peripheral arteries. When the arteries 
get blocked, the muscles are deprived of oxygen,   resulting in unpleasant sensations such as 
numbness and discomfort.

The disorder is known   as peripheral artery disease and the symptoms 
are difficult to detect at first. It can lead   to heart attack and stroke if left untreated.
The location of the blockage and which portion   of your body receives a restricted blood flow 
determine your symptoms. Some of the signs   and symptoms of blocked or clogged arteries 
are fatigue, dizziness, breathing problems,   pain in the chest, cold hands or feet, numbness 
or pain, discoloration of the skin, or hair loss.  To test for this disease, you need to raise 
your feet at a 45° angle and hold them there   for several minutes.

Examine the color of your 
feet now. If your feet and toes are very pale,   it will suggest poor blood circulation. The color 
shift might be noticeable in one foot, or both.  Lung and Heart Disease  To check for this chronic illness, make an 
upside-down ‘J’ with your fingers and rub   your nails against each other. Can you see 
a tiny diamond shape between them? If yes,   it’s fantastic news. Your heart and 
arteries are in great working order!  If there’s no space between your fingernails, 
it might be an indication of nail clubbing.   The fact that fingers get thicker 
indicates a lack of oxygen in the blood.   Multiple factors can contribute to oxygen 
deprivation. Cardiovascular illnesses,   respiratory troubles, and gastrointestinal 
problems are only a few examples.  Skin Cancer
Unusual moles, sores,   lumps or blemishes in the skin might be a symptom 
of melanoma or another kind of skin cancer.  For this exam, start with your face and 
work your way down, inspecting your neck,   shoulders, chest, arms, and legs. 
Do not forget about your palms,   fingernails, soles of feet, toenails, private 
parts, and the spaces between your toes.  You can also ask a friend, spouse, or loved one 
to examine the parts of your body you can't see,   such as your scalp and back.

Take pictures of any 
suspicious moles so you can see how they evolve.  If you’re wondering what exactly you’re looking 
for, remember ABCDE. A is for asymmetrical,   B is for uneven borders, C is for color, D is 
for diameter (bigger than a pencil eraser),   E is for evolving, which means the 
mole changes appearance over time.  Talk to a dermatologist as soon as 
possible if you notice anything odd.   You should also see your dermatologist 
once a year for a full skin examination.  Hormonal Imbalance and 
Deficiency in Micronutrients  Hair loss is a natural occurrence. Experts 
estimate that we lose 50 to 100 hairs   every day. There’s usually nothing to be concerned 
about, but there’s a test you can take to be sure.  You may lose hair for a variety of reasons, 
including stress, poor hygiene, and major   health conditions. A hormonal imbalance or 
food shortage can cause hair to thin out.   These signs should not be overlooked.
Hormonal imbalance can be caused   by a poor diet, a stressful or sad 
lifestyle, or the use of medicines.  To do this test, you need to make sure your hair 
is dry and clean.

Pull-on a little strand of hair.   Make sure you're not pulling too hard. It's normal 
to have 2-3 hairs in your palm. If you have any   more, you should see a doctor.
Dementia and Stroke  Dementia is caused by slow brain changes and 
damage, usually due to aging. It’s uncommon   in people under the age of 65. Reduced blood 
supply to the brain causes vascular dementia,   which is a common kind.

It’s expected that roughly 
150,000 individuals in the UK are affected.   Vascular dementia tends to worsen with time, 
however, it can be slowed down in rare cases.  This self-health test requires a timer. 
Start the timer by lifting your leg until   your hip is parallel to the floor. You 
have a low chance of having a stroke or   getting dementia if you can stand in that 
position for 20 minutes or more. However,   if you can't keep your balance on one leg, 
there may be a problem with your brain vessels.  Take a few minutes each day to complete some 
basic health tests. Take control of your health   with these quick and easy assessments that may 
reveal major issues. Let’s keep the conversation   going with a couple related videos, shall 
we? Here's all you need to know about it.  Check out what the color of your urine 
says about your health. Or how about 14   health symptoms that men should never ignore?
Go ahead, click one. Or better yet, watch both,   and learn how regular health check-ups 
can help you avoid chronic illness.   Have you or anyone you know done these tests? 
Let us know in the comments section below!

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