What doctors can tell
Having an open, candid, and frank relationship with your GP is an integral part of leading a proactive lifestyle. But before you even open your mouth, a trained medical professional can predict many facts about the state of your health.
Posture and body language can reflect state of being
When a patient first walks into her office, Dr Lillie Rosenthal takes a long hard look at their posture. If someone arrives with open body language and a sense of confidence in their gait, she can deduct they’re generally in a positive frame of mind. “Body language and movement, such as if a patient is shuffling their feet and slow-moving, they may have a lack of energy and may be sick or perhaps depressed,” she shares. “I observe their arms and legs and general range of motion. If they are guarded in their body movements or moving their entire body instead of just their head, that can signal a physical or emotional problem. If they’re grimacing, facial expressions tells a lot. I stay very attuned to that.”
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A raspy voice may indicate a smoking habit
Your doctor (and ahem, everyone who loves you and knows you) has been encouraging you to cut out that smoking habit for years. But if you haven’t, chances are high they’ll be able to call your puff – er – bluff. Dermatologist Dr Anna D. Guanche explains she can tell when someone is a smoker as she gets closer to them. “They have a hoarse voice, inflamed gums and a specific cigarette smell to their breath and clothing that they themselves cannot detect,” she says. “They also often have a subtle yellowing of their nails and smoker’s lines around their lips that come from years of a repetitive motion – in this case, sucking on a cigarette.” While some of these symptoms fade, even a handful of cigarettes a week can be detectable to a trained eye – and nose.
If you need extra incentive to quit, here are 15 mind-blowing ways you body will heal when you stop smoking.