We can learn some surprising things about our health from some unexpected specialists.
Starting with our dentist. They could be the first to diagnose us with DIABETES. Dr. Sally Cram is a periodontist who says high blood sugar can interfere with the body’s immune response. And one of the first signs that of a weakened immune system is when our gums become red and swollen, even when we’re brushing and flossing every day. So ask your dentist if they see any changes in your gums that are becoming more pronounced. It could mean you need to follow up with your doctor, and get a diabetes test.
Next did you know your eye doctor can diagnose HIGH CHOLESTEROL? Experts say the eyes are the only place on the body where doctors can look directly at our blood vessels without cutting us open. And when we have elevated levels of fats in our blood, known as lipids, eye doctors may see yellowing plaques lodged within retinal blood vessels or thin gray rings forming around our corneas. In fact, in a recent study of people with high cholesterol, eye doctors were the first to notice signs of the condition before any other health provider 65-percent of the time.
Finally, ladies, your dermatologist could be the first to diagnose a condition called PolyCystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS. It’s a potentially serious condition caused by a hormonal imbalance that can lead to infertility if it’s not treated. But in a whopping 92-percent of cases, the first signs of PCOS show up on the skin, things like excess hair growth on the face and chest or acne along the jawline. That’s why experts say the only doctor trained to “connect the dots” and spot PCOS before anyone else is your dermatologist.