If you want to keep an eye on your health, you could do worse than to spend a few minutes scrutinizing your body in the mirror. Are your eyes pink? Have your nails turned brown at the top? Noticing small changes can nudge you into paying attention to potential problems, as I found out during a recent facial. “Do you have high cholesterol?” the therapist suddenly asked.I said no, but it worried me into getting tested. And the therapist was right. She’d picked up on creamy spots round my eyes, which were full of fatty cholesterol. Of course, it’s vital not to let symptom-spotting get out of hand: Trivial signs are often just that. It’s when they persist, or are combined with other symptoms, that they become important. If that’s the case, see your doctor.
Going gray before 40
Premature graying can have a medical cause. “If you have 50% gray hair before the age of 40, you should probably be checked for diabetes,” says Dr. Joan Liebmann-Smith, author ofBody Signs.