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Life Lessons: Aging too fast

By Nancy Werteen, Anchor / Reporter, NWerteen@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 18 2013 04:00:00 AM CDT

There are warning signs about possible health problems.

Gray hair, crow's feet, age spots. We all know the visual signs of aging, but what really matters is how your body is aging on the inside.

Here's the problem..if you are aging too fast on the inside, you could develop a life threatening illness that will make those age spots seem really unimportant.

Doctors say while we see what's on the outside, there are some warning signs to look for about what's really going on on the inside. For instance, graying skin could signal kidney problems and losing your sense of smell could be an early warning sign of Parkinson's disease.

And the list goes on.

A Johns Hopkins study suggests that the strain of decoding sounds over the years may overwhelm the brain, leaving people with hearing loss at risk for dementia.

Also, red eyes can be a sign of arthritis. The cellular process that causes inflammation in joints can also cause it in the eyes.

Finally, check your nails! It's called digital clubbing.

Nails that bump up at the tips can indicate lung cancer because oxygen isn't getting delivered properly.

Finally, check out toe hair.

Hairless toes and feet could be a sign of vascular disease. Hair follicles are kept alive by blood flow. If plague builds up in the arteries, it will cut off blood flow, resulting in dead hair follicles.