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These signs may point to serious illness

Some surprising signs are often misread but they may be pointing towards a serious health condition.

SYMPTOM: ICE CRAVING

POINTS TO: ANAEMIA

If you have lost the desire for food but have picked up an appetite for ice, sand, chalk, stone etc., there’s a chance that you could be anemic, says a study by French researchers, published in 2005 in the American Journal of Medicine. The disorder is called pica.

. About 44 percent of anemics crave ice, which may be linked to seeking relief from chronic tongue pain or swelling.

SYMPTOM: KLEPTOMANIA/ URGE TO STEAL

POINTS TO: DEMENTIA

A newfound urge to steal, according to research published in JAMA Neurology is one of the earliest known signs of a type of dementia that messes with a part of the brain that helps you recognize societal rules. Dementia -an umbrella term used to describe impairment of memory, communication and thinking -can be prevented with a diet balanced with multivitamins, especially E, B12 and folic acid.

SYMPTOM: BAD BREATH

POINTS TO: ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION

You may want to think that the terrible dragon breath is a sign of poor oral hygiene. However, halitosis could point to a liver condition.

When suffering from diabetic ketoacidosis, the body is unable to effectively break down and use glucose as energy source. So, it opts to break down body fat instead. As a byproduct, the body produces ketones which result in sweet, fruity breath, especially if chemicals continue to build up in the blood and urine, according to the National Institutes of Health. Diabetic ketoacidosis can become a serious problem if unaddressed, because ketones are poisonous at high levels.

SYMPTOM: SUDDEN CHILLS

DISEASE: HYPOTHYROIDISM

Feeling a chill even while you are out in the hot sun? It could be a sign of an underactive thyroid gland, suggests research from Southern Illinois University.