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The shape of your fingers might shed some light on your health

Your hands are your most precious tools and the main parts of the body to handle everyday physical activities. To handle finer activities, the fingers are there to help you succeed. But they can also be used as a window for determining how the health of your entire body will play out in the future or if your current health is at risk.

The shape of your fingers might shed some light on your health

We have seen several articles that show how to predict one person’s personality based on the shape of their fingers, but researchers conclude that most of the same techniques can be applied to predict one’s health. Let us browse into what our digits can tell us about our physical well-being.

The length of the digits as health marker

 Not every person has the same shape or even length of fingers. The index can be longer than the ring finger, or if it is longer or shorter than average people. These subtle differences may indicate the presence or risk of some diseases. Here are some of those digital predictions.

The length of the index is determined to be a marker for the presence of many diseases: If it’s shorter than the average length, research shows that, especially men are prone to having higher testosterone, also this length tendency marks a higher possibility of suffering from osteoarthritis.

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This two illness correspond to a difference in hormones, more specifically, lower levels of estrogen. Consequently, the difference in length of the digits has also been linked to the levels of hormones in the body. Therefore, it can actually give us a hint into the inner functioning of our body.

A similar result is yielded when the index finger changes its length but in comparison to the ring finger. This comparison is presented by the heavily marked variation that exists when evaluating several individuals. A hand that has index finger longer than the ring finger is a spell of having higher risk of prostate cancer in men. On the contrary, if the case is that an individual has an index shorter than the ring finger, it indicates a genetic predisposition expressed by the hormones. This variation could signal that hormones exposure during our time in the time may alter some patterns in our behavior.

Parting from length and going into shape, the fingers as a whole can give us insight into whether or not there is a problem with our thyroid. If our fingers present swelling –and not because of some fluid retention-, it would signal the evidence of hypothyroidism.

Future prospects

In the end, there is still the need of going through regular channels to obtain proof of these possible diseases. Others are not even remotely present for another twenty years at least (or so we would like to).

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But there is some certainty in these results that inspire even more studies to keep on producing more evidence to back these preliminary studies, or to inspire new ones into linking digital shape, length or variation to many other risk of diseases.

Certainly, we can venture a guess into our personalities and our diseases through our fingers, and with future studies there might not be that much guessing.