Warning signs to look out for if you are over 40


There are many benefits to aging, which usually include an increase in confidence and becoming more comfortable with who you are and what you want. However, the downside to aging is that the older you get, the less functional your body becomes, and many issues can start to appear.

Abdominal bloatingAbdominal bloating

While the causes may often be benign, abdominal bloating can also be an early warning sign of ovarian cancer.

Take a look through the following gallery to discover warning signs to look out for if you are over 40.

Loss of smellLoss of smell

While the loss of smell alone is highly disturbing, it can also lead to memory loss and be an early sign of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Unexpected weight lossUnexpected weight loss

If you start losing weight unintentionally, it could be a sign of type 2 diabetes. Those aged 45-64 are most at risk of developing it.

Blurry visionBlurry vision

Eyesight naturally deteriorates with age. However, if you experience sudden changes, it could be an early sign of melanoma.


There can be a huge number of reasons why a person may feel nauseous. But nausea and stomach pain can be a warning sign of heart disease.

Receding gumsReceding gums

If you have experienced receding gums, or even worse, tooth loss, this can be a sign of osteoporosis, which weakens the bones.

Neck stiffnessNeck stiffness

While neck stiffness could just be caused by a bad night’s sleep, it could also be a sign of polymyalgia rheumatica, which is an inflammatory disease.


Many people of all ages can experience anxiety. But it could be symptomatic of Parkinson’s disease, which mainly affects those over 50.


It’s natural to feel fatigue, because our bodies need sleep. However, if it becomes chronic, see your doctor, as it could be linked to vitamin D deficiency, or even heart disease.

Light sensitivityLight sensitivity

Lupus is more common in women. When exposed to the sun, symptoms can include rashes, fever, fatigue, and joint pain.

Change of humorChange of humor

If someone suddenly develops a much darker sense of humor, it could be a sign of frontotemporal dementia, or Alzheimer’s.

Tingling handsTingling hands

If you are experiencing tingling or numbness in your hands, it could be a sign of carpal tunnel. Most people who are diagnosed are between 40 and 70 years old.

Knee pain
Knee pain

If you experience pain around the joint of your knee,  this can be an indication of early arthritis or degeneration.


While heartburn can be caused by simply eating too much, it can also be a sign of esophageal cancer, which is most common in those over 50.


There are a huge number of reasons why someone may develop a cough, but one of them is due to mesothelioma, which can occur when people have been exposed to asbestos.

Excessive thirstExcessive thirst

If you can’t seem to satiate your thirst, this could be a sign of type 2 diabetes, especially when accompanied by weight loss.

Red face
Red face

While the visible symptoms of rosacea aren’t dangerous, they may cause you embarrassment. If you also experience high blood pressure, and excessive sweating, it could be a hormonal issue.


Low levels of progesterone can result in dark moods in women over 40. High levels of cortisol, or low levels of the thyroid hormone, may also be a contributing factor.

Stomach acheStomach ache

While a stomach ache could be symptomatic of an allergy or intolerance, it can also be a sign of inflammatory bowel disease, or even pancreatic cancer.


While dizziness could indicate low blood sugar, which is treatable, it could also be a sign of a heart rhythm disorder.

Calf pain
Calf pain

Some calf pain can come from pulling a muscle. However, it could be a sign of deep vein thrombosis, which can lead to a potentially lethal pulmonary embolism.

Pain between shoulder bladesPain between shoulder blades

If you experience pain between your shoulder blades, and can rule out a physical injury or strain, it could be a sign of gallstones.

Blood in urineBlood in urine

Blood in your urine can be indicative of an infection, kidney stones, or even bladder or kidney cancer.


While headaches are very common, there is a possibility that they could be a warning sign of a brain tumor. Be aware of how frequent and intense the headaches are.

Erectile dysfunctionErectile dysfunction

There are a huge number of factors that can influence ED, including age, psychological issues, and lifestyle. However, it could also indicate heart disease.


If you are feeling exhausted and tired on a regular basis, it could be a sign of depression, or even Lyme disease.

Itchy skin
Itchy skin

Many things can cause itchy skin, such as eczema, or even just being dehydrated. However, it could also be indicative of liver disease.

Night sweatsNight sweats

Menopause can be a cause of sweating at night. But it could also be a warning sign of an infection, or even lymphoma.


A certain element of forgetfulness is a natural consequence of aging. However, when it interferes with your normal routine, it could be a sign of dementia.

Check your body daily

Always keep an eye on any changes in the shape and color of moles on your body, as they can lead to serious and deadly cancer.

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