5 Silent Killer Diseases You Should Know About
Silent killer diseases are the ones that do not show early signs or symptoms and even when they do they are always so subtle that it goes unnoticed and if a disease or condition goes unnoticed for long, it can do irreversible damage to one’s health.
Below are some silent killer diseases you need to know about and watch out for their symptoms.
Cancer: “Cancer is a silent killer because most times it just crouches there undetected, undisturbed, and silently spreads without any apparent signs or symptoms for months or even years and then suddenly it snicks up on you and often it is too late, cancer is caused by the interaction of one’s genetic factors with external agents such as radiations, tobacco use, tobacco smoke, drinking water contaminants such as arsenic, chemical carcinogens, and infections from virus, bacteria, or parasites”.
Heart Diseases: “Atherosclerosis is the term used when your arteries become thick and stiff because of the build-up of plaque, fatty substances, cholesterol, waste material from the cells, and calcium deposits make up the plaque sometimes a piece of the plaque may break off and sometimes a blood clot can form on the plaque, either of these can block the artery and cause heart attack or stroke and in the same way, the thickening of the arteries due to plaque can restrict blood flow and is the main cause of heart disease it stands to reason, therefore, that atherosclerosis is a silent killer, it would silently build up the plaque in your arteries, and then suddenly you find yourself dealing with heart disease”.
High blood pressure: “High blood pressure or hypertension, is again a silent killer because it has no warning signs or symptoms and you will not even know you have it. The only way you will know is through measure it so, it is important that you check your blood pressure regularly”.
Diabetes: “Millions of people are dying of diabetes every year, Type-2 diabetes is actually the silent killer, there is a build-up of sugar in your blood because your body either does not produce enough insulin or it does not use this insulin properly to process the sugar”.
Hepatitis: “This refers to an inflammatory condition of the liver and is a viral infection that affects thousands of people globally, different hepatotropic viruses cause different types of this disease, including hepatitis A, B, C, D and E”. “Hepatitis A and E are caused by eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water. Hepatitis B, C and D are contracted through transfusions of contaminated blood, s3xual contact and during childbirth.hepatitis can also be caused by excessive alcohol consumption and autoimmune diseases”.