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Many diseases fall under the category of “silent killers,” with symptoms so subtle that they often go undetected or unnoticed. If too much time passes without treatment, they may cause serious complications or sometimes death. Dr. Mark Ferdowsian of Sunset Clinic, part of the OptumCare Network of Nevada explains.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, chronic diseases are responsible for 7 of every 10 deaths among Americans. However, most of these diseases can be preventa-ble. A close relationship with your doctor and health care team can ensure that the proper tests are ordered. Which can lead to early detection and treatment which has been shown to be most effective. Here’s a quick look at 5 silent killer you should know about:
- High blood pressure often does not have noticeable symptoms. In some cases, hypertension may cause headaches, shortness of breath or nose-bleeds, but this usually happens when the pressure is extremely high.
- Diabetes symptoms include excessive thirst, hunger, frequent urination, tiredness, slow-healing sores and blurry vision.
- Coronary artery disease is a plaque buildup in your arteries. It narrows the arteries. Untreated, it can also lead to heart failure.
- Osteoporosis is a disease that makes bones thin and brittle and can strike at any age.
- Colon cancer is also a common silent killer. It often starts as a small growth known as a polyp. Most are noncancerous, but when ignored, some of them can turn cancerous after a few years.
Eating healthy, exercising and avoiding tobacco along with receiving the appropriate screening tests are a few examples of ways people can stay healthy. Early detection can lead to more effective treatment and in some cases, complete reversal of disease. I encourage you to work closely with the doctor and do not ignore the opportunity for reg-ular exams and preventative screenings. Don’t be a victim of silent killers.