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Holiday

Health
Warning Signs
Reuniting
with family
this season?
These changes
might indicate
an underlying
health problem
BY EMILY FROST

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here's something about being
home for the holidays. Call
it nostalgia, homesickness or
just enjoying tried-and-true
tradition, being home and surrounded
by family during this festive time of
year can spark a lot of joy.
But all of this quality family
time may provide more than merry
memories and cheerful feelings. After
just a few short days together, you've
probably picked up on one another's
health habits (or lack thereof),
including subtle physical or emotional
changes, or learned more about a
family member than you'd care to
know. And though these changes
can be off-putting at first, they also
may be a blessing in disguise.

That's because, after spending the
bulk of the year apart, you're able
to pick up on health changes that
other family members have become
desensitized to or simply miss entirely.
So, while you're enjoying family time
this holiday season, take note if you see
relatives exhibiting these key symptoms:

Slouching

Have you noticed your grandma's head
hits a little lower on your chest when
you give her a hug? This may be a sign
of osteoporosis.
This condition is surprisingly
common, affecting 1 in every 4 women
and 1 in every 8 men over age 50.
"In addition to loss of height, be on
the lookout for stooped posture or a



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