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7 symptoms you should get checked out now

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These are symptoms you shouldn’t delay getting checked out

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“She’ll be right, mate”

It’s the Aussie idiom passed from generation to generation, but occasionally even the wisest of sayings can lead us astray.

At nib, we believe that staying healthy should be simple; so here are seven symptoms you shouldn’t wait around to get checked out.

1. Changing or new moles

When caught early, melanomas are generally easily removed; however, if left undiagnosed, they can be deadly. That’s why it’s so important to get your moles checked out, especially if you noticed it has changed in shape or colour.

2. Unexpected weightloss

Have you noticed your clothes getting looser despite no changes to your diet or exercise regime? Unexplained weightloss of more than four kilos, or five percent of your body weight could be related to a number of serious health concerns.

3. Weakness in your limbs

Numbness and weakness in your arms and legs, as well as dizziness and trouble speaking, could be a sign of a stroke, so this is not a symptom you should leave unchecked. Time is critical when it comes to a stroke, as the longer it remains untreated, the higher the chance of brain damage. For more on the symptoms of a stroke, visit the Stroke Foundation.

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4. Chest pain

If you get a sudden chest pain or a pressure that develops over a few minutes, it could be a sign of a heart attack. There are many risk factors associated with heart attacks including age and family history, high blood pressure, smoking and unhealthy diet. To find out more, check out our article Are you at risk of heart disease? 12 signs you need to know.

5. Undying thirst

Our bodies are made of between 50-75% water, so it’s important to keep hydrated, but if you’re drinking the recommended 2.5-3 litres per day and still finding you simply can’t quench your thirst, it could be a symptom of something more serious like diabetes. Don’t delay booking in with your GP!

6. Loss of vision

Most of us will notice our vision deteriorating as we age, however if you’ve suddenly experienced blurred or double vision, or completely lost sight in one eye, it could be a sign you’ve got a brain clot. In this case, it’s best to play it safe and visit your ER immediately.

7. A lump in your breast

Any sort of changes to your breasts, whether it’s a lump, change in shape, indentations or swelling should be addressed as soon as possible to rule out breast cancer. If you’re a woman, be mindful of your melons and keep abreast of any changes and if you’re over 40, be sure to book in for a mammogram every two years. If you’re a male, encourage your loved one to get checked out regularly.

At nib, we believe that keeping healthy should be simple, so we’ve developed a First Choice Network that allows you to search for optometrists and dentists that have agreed to provide nib customers quality healthcare at a lower rate. Our aim is to expand this is to include an array of health providers, such as physiotherapists and chiropractors.

If you’ve got Amazon Alexa, you can use the nib Skill to find healthcare providers in your area, get daily health tips and answer your biggest health insurance questions. It’s as easy as saying ‘Alexa, ask nib…’ Visit our dedicated page to find out more about the nib Skill available on Alexa.

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