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6 important health indicators on your palm the soothsayer would never notice

Dr. Anderson



So you visited a soothsayer last week and after all that palm reading you think you’ve heard everything you need to know about yourself? Well, Sorry to burst your bubble, there’s still a lot more you can learn about yourself by reading your palms but only a doctor knows those little palm reading secrets that the soothsayer doesn’t. Here are 6 things about your health as told by your palms:

1. Pale colour of the palm and palmar creases: This is typically seen in low blood level (anaemia) from any cause, extending from internal and external blood loss to severe nutritional deficiencies and cancers.
2. Very sweaty palms: This condition affects 1-2% of the world’s population and is genetic in about 50% of cases. Other causes range from electrocution or physical chest injury to excessive production of thyroid hormones. Treatments include medical and surgical modalities.
3.Excessive redness of the palms: This is a sign that points to chronic liver disease or a very high blood level.
4.Single transverse palmar crease: This is also called a simian crease and is seen in Down’s syndrome, which happens to be the most common cause of mental retardation arising from a chromosomal abnormality.

5. Flattening of palmar bulges/ eminences:  This refers to flattening of the bulges of the palm at the base of the thumb and the little finger. Causes include damage to the nerves supplying the hands and chronic liver disease.
6. Dupuytren’s contracture: A deformity of the hand in which it remains bent following thickening of a fibrous sheet in the hand called palmar aponeurosis. It develops slowly over time, is usually painless and can occur alone or together with chronic liver disease. When fully pronounced, it prevents the hand from opening completely.


Now that you’ve learnt 6 new things about your palms, the next time you a soothsayer offers to tell you about yourself, you can switch places and do the Palm reading instead.

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Dr Anderson is a graduate of Lagos State University College of Medicine who is on a mission to build a national team of healthcare professionals with international affiliations, which will bring basic healthcare to the poorest in society and increase National income from Medical tourism. He is a proud member of various reputable bodies including the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Lagos chapter, the World Safety Organisation and the Christian Medical and Dental Association, Nigeria (CMDA Nigeria). He also belongs to the Medical College of Surgeons. He is an MDCN(Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria) and HSE 1, 2, 3 certified doctor. When he is not busy reading, writing or doing some public speaking, you can find him dancing, playing chess or watching movies.