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Six Ways Your Body May Clue You In to Possible Health Problems

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- From the eyes and ears to the fingertips, the human body can offer small hints that reveal a lot about a person’s health, some medical experts say.

Dr. Michael Wald, a holistic doctor in Mount Kisco, N.Y. who calls himself the “Blood Detective,” said that people should pay attention to features like creases in their ears and the length of their arms because they can serve as clues to medical issues such as heart disease.

1. Ear Crease

A 74-year-old man with an increased risk for heart disease said that while he’d noticed the crease in his ear, he’d paid little to no attention to it.

“That diagonal earlobe crease that goes from the very bottom of the ear up in a diagonal fashion — it really is an enfolding of tissue and that is what is being associated with heart disease,” Wald said.

One study found that 71 percent of people with that crease suffered from heart disease.

2. Ear Wax

Wald said that even ear wax has been linked to heart disease.

“We’re basically born genetically with one of two different types of ear wax,” he said. “There is a wet, sticky type and a dry, brittle type and if you are more of a dry, brittle type, you are at more of a risk of heart disease as opposed to the wet one.”

Wald said the connection has something to do with the way the body handles oil and fat.

3. Five O’Clock Shadow

Wald said that the five o’clock shadow could mean that a man “probably will have a lower risk of cardiovascular risk in the future because that five o’clock is produced by testosterone. The more testosterone you have, the less risk of heart disease.”

4. Arms and Legs

Arms shorter than 60 inches could signal an increased risk of heart disease.

And long arms have been associated with a chance of reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Doctors say they think it’s linked to the embryo’s exposure to different hormones like estrogen and testosterone.

Calves less than 13 inches around could also signal heart problems.

“Sometimes small calves reflect increased risk in circulation and increased risk in cardiovascular disease,” Wald said.

5. ‘Nail Clubbing’

Nail clubbing occurs when the tissue at the tips of the fingers start to cover the nail. Studies have shown that 80 percent of people with clubbing fingernails have serious illness, heart disease, lung disease or cancer.

6. Green Nasal Mucus

Green nasal mucus has been associated with a higher instance of heart disease. The green mucus contains a chemical that gives it that color. The chemical can damage tissues in the sinuses, in the lungs or in the heart.

Wald said that if a person had any of these traits, they should not panic.

“If you see something that you have just read or heard, take that to your doctor, and that might lead him or her to test you a little bit differently or question you a little bit differently, and then see what is really going on,” he said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Five Upper-Body Exercises That Should Be on Every Woman's List

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Sculpted shoulders and arms are must-have accessories for short sleeve and tank top season. Jessica Smith, the certified personal trainer who stars in the best-selling exercise DVDs 10 Pounds Down and 10 Minute Solution points to other reasons women should be working out their upper bodies. "Everyday tasks like picking up a baby are easier when your upper body is strong," Smith said. "You also help balance out the lower half of your physique and improve your posture."

Here are her picks for best upper body moves for women:

Bow and Arrow: It effectively targets all of the muscles of the upper and middle back as well as the shoulder and arm muscles.

X Raise: Smith says this is one of the best shoulder and upper back shaping exercises of all. Your core muscles work extra hard to keep the rest of the body still as you move your arms so it's also a great middle whittler.

Push Up: According to Smith, this is one of the best overall body toners around, but it's especially good at targeting the chest, shoulders, arms, and core. Placing your feet in a wide position helps keep your body stable so it's easier to press yourself upward -- even if you've never been able to do a full push up before.

Dip: This one makes that "speed bag," a back-of-the-arm sag disappear because it targets the triceps, shoulders, and chest muscles. It's another upper body move that carries the bonus of being a fantastic core tightener.

Biceps Curl: It's the perfect move for toning up the front of the arms. By holding your body in a wide-legged position and your arms at your sides, you will feel the work through the center and front of the arm.

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