"Almost every health condition translates to the skin. When something isn't functioning well on the inside, the clues start appearing on the outside," says Francesca Fusco, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.
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If you have an unsuspecting eye, skin patches, wrinkles, and dry skin seem like a common and ordinary sight on a person’s face. But doctors say that these may be early indicators of health issues. True enough, the largest organ of the body has important things to say about your overall health. This Huffington Post article says that you have to look out for these surprising signs on your skin and know the story behind them:
Deep wrinkles on the face and neck
A study showed that postmenopausal women with wrinkles were more likely to have lower bone density in the hip, spine, and heel areas. Deep wrinkles are a sign that the body produces less collagen, which could mean that there’s a decrease in bone density, too. This makes women with wrinkles prone to bone fractures.
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Thick, dark, and velvety patches
When you see these patches on your skin, you may want to consult an endocrinologist and have your glucose tested for diabetes. This skin abnormality may also be an early signal to other health risks like cancer.
Rough or dry skin
The first signs of an overactive or underactive thyroid show on the skin. It begins with a mild rash on the hands and arms. But as the disease progresses, other body parts are affected, too. This includes hair loss, brittle nails, and flaky skin.
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What looks like a simple wrinkle or rash may be a crucial tip-off to what is going on inside your body. When you see the signs, visit your doctor.
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