It’s a staggering statistic. Nearly half of all American adults have at least one preventable chronic disease such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Most of these preventable diseases—which, by the way, are the leading causes of death in the United States—are related to poor diet quality and eating patterns, according to the USDA. The Center for Science in the Public Interest estimates that an unhealthy diet contributes to approximately 678,000 deaths each year in the U.S.
Your diet shouldn’t be hurting you; it should be helping you. Eating a healthy, balanced diet usually leaves your body feeling amazing. Getting proper nutrition not only benefits your physical health but also your mental and emotional health. And when your diet is out of whack, your body has ways of telling you that something is not right.
How can you tell that your diet is shortening rather than extending your lifespan? We tapped dietary and medical experts to identify the subtle signs you should be looking out for. The following symptoms are not only signs of larger health problems, but even worse, these issues are also linked to a higher risk of early death.
Here are 20 symptoms that could signal a serious health issue, and how you can adjust your diet to address the problem.