Ovarian cancer is a serious issue for women over 40. According to the American Cancer Society, approximately half of all cases occur in women 63 or older.
Unfortunately, many of the symptoms of this disease-especially in its early stages-are not overt, like bloating and belly pain. Since these same inconveniences can be caused by everything from indigestion to food intolerances, women rarely think they could be the result of something as serious as cancer.
Falling is increasingly common as we age. In fact, fall-related traumatic brain injuries alone account for more than 140,000 emergency department visits among older adults every year in the United States. Some of the cognitive concussion symptoms like confusion, moodiness, and memory problems mimic the natural aging process, so it's not uncommon for both patients and doctors to brush them off.
If you are involved in a fall or any sort of accident and begin to experience fogginess or moodiness, make sure to get yourself checked out by a professional immediately to rule out any serious brain trauma.
3. Unintentional Weight Loss
Losing weight is only something to celebrate if you need to shed a few pounds and are actively trying to do so. Otherwise, that unintentional weight loss could be a symptom of something serious, like type 2 diabetes.
"If you have type 2 diabetes, your body doesn't use insulin effectively, and can't transport the glucose to the cells," according to Sue Cotey, RN and Andrea Harris, RN, nurses with the Cleveland Clinic. "When the glucose doesn't arrive in your cells, your body thinks it's starving and finds a way to compensate. It creates energy by burning fat and muscle at a rapid pace." Hence the unintended weight loss."
"如果你是2型糖尿病患者，你的身體則不能有效使用胰島素，無法將葡萄糖運輸到細胞中，"蘇·蔻蒂（Sue Cotey）注冊營養師和安德里·哈里斯（Andrea Harris）注冊營養師表示，他們也是克利夫蘭診所的護士。"當葡萄糖無法到達組織細胞，你的身體會感到饑餓，并試圖找方法補償。通過快速燃燒脂肪和肌肉，身體產生了能量。所以體重才會減輕。"
In 2015, the National Diabetes Statistics Report found that adults between 45 and 64 were the most diagnosed age group for diabetes. So if you're losing weight inexplicably, you should't simply look the other way.