Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope your week is off to a great start. This week for our Wellness Wednesday question, I thought we’d address something we might all be a little guilty of….considering some parts of our body as more important than others.
On Friday, we talked about how our Oral Health can impact our overall wellness. Were you surprised by some of the problems poor dental hygiene can cause? And guess what — this isn’t the only system in our bodies that can impact or give us clues about our overall wellness.
Our bodies truly are wonderfully made, and our different systems can often be interconnected in ways we wouldn’t expect.
For instance, did you know that our gut is considered our ‘second brain’? We’ll talk more about that in an upcoming post.
For now though, I’ll just tell you how an eye exam can let me know what’s going on in my pituitary gland. Several years ago, I found out I had a small benign tumor on my pituitary gland. I only know it’s there because it showed up on a CT scan.
I had to have several initial tests to make sure it wasn’t causing any problems for me. One of those tests was a neurological eye exam. I had my nerves in my eyes mapped, do the exam to test peripheral vision, and have my eyes examined. So what does that have to do with my pituitary?
If/when a pituitary tumor grows, it can start to impinge on your optic nerve and cause you to lose peripheral vision. That’s often the first indicator that something is going on. Luckily, my exams have been outstanding. My little ‘peanut’ has probably been there all my life and hasn’t caused me any problems. But it’s good to know that if it starts to act up, my eyes will let me know.
Isn’t it great that one system in the body can act as an ‘early warning system’ for issues elsewhere?
This week, let’s ask ourselves:
So many of our bodies’ systems are interconnected in ways we may not even understand yet. The human body is just amazing! (Yes, even the ones that don’t work exactly like we want them to).
Do you ever find yourself categorizing some parts of your body as less important than others? Does that impact which routine healthcare appointments you make or put off? Please share!