Over the course of a lifetime, a person will be diagnosed with a variety of medical conditions and diseases. Some will be minor, easily treatable conditions while other may be diagnosed with more serious or even life-threatening diseases.
Every diagnosis carries with it a different set of signs and symptoms. Not everyone presents with the same symptoms for a specific diagnosis. Additionally, many different diagnoses can exhibit similar symptoms making it the responsibility of the physician to sort through the information and come to a concluding diagnosis and treatment plan.
The signs and symptoms of the most frequently diagnosed conditions and diseases include, but are not limited to:
There are many and varied risk factors that predispose a person to the myriad of medical issues that face the general population.
There are many contributing factors over which a person has no control such as family history, age and gender. There are many other influences that can be altered and controlled such as lifestyle choices and environmental factors. A person can choose to smoke or not. They can practice weight control and exercise, both of which impact heart disease and diabetes. Being healthy is not totally in a person's control but there is an element of responsibility to practice a healthy lifestyle. The reward and outcome will be beneficial over a lifetime.