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Fingernails and Your Health

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Fingernails can say many things about a woman. Well groomed, close clipped nails are a sign of a woman who works with her hands. A French manicure sends a message of refinement. Long red nails send a more sassy message!
What can your nails tell about your health? According to the American Academy of Dermatologists, quite a bit.

Take a close look at your nails for these signs of disease

* If your nail bed is red, it is a sign of heart disease
* If your nail bed is pale, it is a sign of anemia

* If you nail is half pin and half white, it is a sign of kidney disease
* White nails are a sign of liver disease
* Slow growing, yellowing and thickening nails indicate lung disease
* Yellowing nails with a slight blush at the base are a sign of diabetes
* Black, brown, or purple marks under a nail that has not been injured should be seen by a doctor immediately. This could be a sign of melanoma, the most lethal form of skin cancer. (White marks after minor injuries or black nails after more severe ones — indicating blood under the nail — will usually go away on their own)

For more information about caring for nail problems and information see this WebMD article

Eliz Greene is the author of The Busy Woman’s Guide to a Healthy Heart. Drawing on her experience surviving a massive heart attack while seven-months pregnant with twins, struggling to lose the 80 pounds gained during her pregnancy, and her background as an adaptive movement specialist, Eliz developed simple strategies and tips to help other busy women be more active, eat better and manage your stress.

As the Director of the Embrace Your Heart Wellness Initiative, Eliz travels the country energizing and inspiring audiences in keynotes and workshops on women’s heart health. She writes one of the top 100 health and wellness blogs. Find more at www.EmbraceYourHeart.com

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A usefull introduction to the topic: 'Your fingernails are the barometer of your health'.

There is so much more to say about the health issues related to the fingernails. For example, the age of a person should also be included when doing a 'fingernail-reading'!

Recently some very interesting articleswere introduced at Medscape.com. Last year an extended article titled (including many fingernail disorder photos) was presented at:

Examing fingernails in ELDERLY patients

And a few weeks ago another informative article was presented, about:

Fingernail disorder in CHILDHOOD

I hope you will share more about how the nails are related to health!

Regards from The Netherlands,


April 24, 2009 - 12:02pm
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