As we move though middle age and into our senior years, there are several changes that occur in our bodies. While we may focus primarily on those gray hairs and stiffness in our joints, there are some changes that we may not necessarily notice until they become more obvious: our nails.
Yellowing of the nails – although common as we age – may also be a sign of diabetes. That’s why it’s a good idea to check with your medical health care provider to assess any changes in nail color, particularly if frequent urination accompanies it.
It’s also important to note that our nails can provide important information about our health and existing chronic conditions. For instance, did you know that dark streaks or spots – not caused by injury – may indicate melanoma? It’s true. This indicator of skin cancer is particularly common with older individuals. If you notice dark places on your nails that are not the result of a trauma, you’ll want to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist to get a diagnosis.
Changes in your nails could – but not always – indicate a serious health condition. Here are some changes that you may notice.
These particular changes may signify chronic conditions with which you may be unaware, such as the ones listed below.
• Nutritional deficiency
• Kidney disease
• Reiter’s syndrome
• Alopecia areata
Another color that is a warning sign for underlying health issues is blue. Blue nails – particularly if your lips turn blue – can indicate a serious oxygen-related medical issue, such as one of the conditions listed below.
• Low hemoglobin
Furthermore, once your nails have turned blue, your chronic condition has become severe. Seek medical attention immediately because blue nails may also indicate a serious heart condition.
However, don’t fret over every change you see. As we grow older, it is not uncommon for our finger and toe nails to become more brittle or more yellow. They may also become dull or opaque. And, if you love long nails, it will take longer for them to grow once you enter your senior years.
There’s more. There are a variety of chronic conditions that can cause changes in our nails. The MAP can help identify them.
The MAP can identify underlying health issues and recommend nutritional supplements and other lifestyle changes that may reverse nail damage due to chronic conditions. The MAP uses a saliva and urine test to determine the root cause of symptoms and then provides a series of recommendations using natural home remedies to help you lead a healthier life.
If you’d like to learn more about The MAP and arrange for your own personal diagnostic evaluation, enter your first name and e-mail address in the field on the right-hand side of this page. We’ll register you to attend our next webinar and show you how The MAP can help you to live a happier, healthier life.