14 Hidden Signs You’re Not As Healthy As You Think

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You have a low libido

If you never feel like getting frisky between the sheets, you might want to talk to a healthcare provider about it. You wouldn’t be the first. “It’s a common complaint I get from women, but it’s increasingly common in men,” says Dr. Bhatia. “Women are overwhelmed and exhausted, and since libido is tied into emotions, we see libido go down if there’s a disconnect from themselves or their partners.”

As for men, Dr. Bhatia blames what she calls “the estrogenization of men,” which happens when there’s “a convergence of high stress, very poor lifestyle habits, and weight gain,” she says. As a result, “it’s almost like men are dropping their testosterone level faster than they did in the past and that’s affecting their libido.”

Having a low libido can be totally normal, but it can also be caused by a hormone imbalance, depression, or certain medications.

You’re losing a lot of hair

Shedding between 50 and 100 strands of hair per day is normal, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. But if you’re losing more than that, “you should call your doctor,” says Dr. Wu.

“Hair loss can be a normal consequence of aging, heredity—especially for men—or hormone changes, but it can also result from medical conditions,” he says. Those include “scalp infections, thyroid disorders, immune disorders, and sudden traumatic events.  Certain medicines can cause hair loss including some for cancer, arthritis, high blood pressure, or heart disease.”

You’re not regular

If you’re eating a high-fiber diet and drinking a lot of water, and you’re not pooping regularly, take note. “The digestive system needs to empty to reset for other things and when it doesn’t there’s a shift in bacteria that then drives inflammation, which leads to chronic disease,” says Dr. Bhatia. “So the gut is ground zero for health.” Of course, “regular” means different things to different people—the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases defines constipation as fewer than three bowel movements a week—so a change in pattern is what matters.

“Chronic constipation or trouble emptying could be a sign of colon issues, thyroid disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, hormone imbalance in women, autoimmune disease—the list is pretty long,” says Dr. Bhatia. “If you go three or four weeks without having a bowel movement, you need to talk to your doctor.”

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