Warning Signs From Your Hands You Shouldn't Ignore

Hands can tell a lot about your overall wellbeing. According to Stanford Medicine, doctors and healthcare professionals are taught to begin the examination of a patient by observing their hands. Typically, they take the patient's right hand and examine it thoroughly using both of their hands. They may look at the nails, bones in fingers or wrist, and skin appearance to deduce your health, per Standford Medicine. You may have also seen doctors often checking your pulse while performing a regular health checkup, which helps them get an idea of the heartbeat.

According to a study published in British Medical Journal that was conducted in 2002, data was collected from 197 patients who came in for a check-up or surgery at a U.K. healthcare facility. About 118 were females aged about 70 years, on average. The researchers discovered that the hands of 44% of the participants showed signs of some unhealthy habits or occupational health, such as working in coal mines or smoking. This further elucidates exactly how the hands can help doctors make more informed and proper diagnoses.

What are common warning signs seen on hands?

According to Health, if your grip seems weak, this may be a sign of aging or health deterioration. "During the physical exam for patients, we definitely pay attention to someone's hand grip," cardiologist Dr. Anne Albers told Health. "We associate it with frailty." She added that a weak grip may indicate an increased risk of death following heart disease, particularly in the elderly age group. 

If you're young and agile but your hands feel tingly or numb, it could be construed as a symptom of carpal tunnel syndrome, reports WebMD. This condition often affects the wrist because of an improper sleeping position or excessive keyboard use. On the other hand, numb arms or fingers in the middle age or elderly people may indicate diabetic neuropathy, warns WebMD. 

If your hands tremble a lot, one possibility could be a neurological disease such as Parkinson's disease, according to MedicalNewsToday. Other times, tremors in hands could occur because of alcoholism, anxiety, reaction to some medications, psychiatric disorders, liver disease, or dystonia.