by Mindy Walker, REDBOOK
Feel shy in that flimsy paper gown? Don't worry. Your doctor may be paying more attention to your eyebrows than your rear end. It's true! Random body parts can provide important health clues:
1. CREASED EARLOBES "Decades of research have established that a crease across one of your earlobes is associated with an increased risk of heart disease," says JoAnne Foody, M.D., a cardiologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. So if you've got 'em, your doctor may want to check your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
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2. THIN EYEBROWS Sparse brows (not due to overplucking) are a well-documented sign of thyroid problems. "Thyroid hormone keeps hair healthy all over; without it, hair gets thin and brittle," says Sandra Fryhofer, M.D., a clinical associate professor of medicine at Emory University in Atlanta. A simple blood test can detect your levels.
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