10 SILENT DISEASES that no one knows about. SCARY!

  • Fatty Liver Disease: This affects a significant portion of the population, especially in developed countries, and often goes unnoticed. Fatty liver disease can progress to more serious conditions like cirrhosis, which can impair liver function.
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  • High Blood Pressure: Often referred to as the “silent killer” because it rarely has noticeable symptoms. Early detection and management are crucial to prevent complications like heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure.
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  • Sleep Apnea: This condition briefly disrupts breathing during sleep, often causing people to wake up gasping for air. Sleep apnea can significantly impact sleep quality and increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. People with sleep apnea may not even know they have it, especially if they sleep alone. Opens in a new windowverywellhealth.comSleep Apnea
  • Glaucoma: This is a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve, the nerve that transmits visual information to the brain. Glaucoma can progress for a long time without causing vision loss, but eventually it can lead to blindness if left untreated.
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  • Prediabetes: This is a condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes. Prediabetes can progress to type 2 diabetes if left unaddressed, but lifestyle changes can help prevent or delay its onset.
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  • Atherosclerosis: This is the hardening and narrowing of arteries due to plaque buildup. Atherosclerosis can silently progress for many years until it eventually leads to a heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular complications.
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  • Osteoporosis: This bone disease reduces bone density and increases the risk of fractures. Osteoporosis often doesn’t cause symptoms until a fracture occurs.
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  • Kidney Disease: The kidneys play a vital role in filtering waste products from the blood. Chronic kidney disease can develop gradually over time and may not cause symptoms until the later stages. Opens in a new windownih.govKidney Disease
  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS): This is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that causes painful, red bumps and abscesses, typically in areas where there are apocrine sweat glands, such as the armpits, groin, and buttocks. HS can be difficult to diagnose and is often misdiagnosed as boils or acne.
  • Endometriosis: This condition causes tissue similar to the lining of the uterus (endometrium) to grow outside the uterus. Endometriosis can cause pelvic pain, infertility, and heavy menstrual bleeding. Symptoms can vary greatly and some women may not experience any at all. Opens in a new windowmy.clevelandclinic.orgEndometriosis

Early detection and management are key for all of these conditions. Regular checkups with your doctor and maintaining a healthy lifestyle are your best defense.