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7 Diseases with No Symptoms

Some diseases can be more troubling because of the absence of symptoms in the early stages. Take a look at the diseases that are difficult to figure out as there are no warning signs.

Mind Body By Editorial Team / Nov 11, 2014

Silent Illnesses

Some diseases can be more troubling because of the absence of symptoms in the early stages. These diseases are difficult to figure out as there are no warning signs or specific symptoms. As early diagnosis is key to effective treatment, you need to schedule regular medical checkups to prevent these illnesses from taking hold of the silent ailments. (Image source:Gettyimages)


Diabetes is sometimes referred to as ‘the silent killer’ as one cannot possibly know they have it because there are no symptoms until much later. In most cases, the medical condition goes undiagnosed for quite some time because of vague symptoms such as excessive thirst, frequent urination and irritability. (Image source:Gettyimages)


Osteoporosis itself has no symptoms. The condition is characterized by weak bones, increased risk of bone fracture and typical fragility fracture that occurs in vertebral column, ribs, hip and wrist. Osteoporosis can make bones very porous, brittle and can lead to further disability. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) initially exhibits no symptoms; it is the virus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Those infected with the virus have flu-like symptoms two to four weeks later, but these often get dismissed for other illnesses. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest forms of cancer, doesn’t have any symptoms till it reaches advanced stages. In the advanced stage, one has symptoms such as jaundice, upper abdominal pain and unexplained weight loss. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Silent Heart Attack

Myocardial infarction (MI) is another name for heart attack, which occurs when the blood supply to part of the heart is interrupted. These are silent in nature and are referred to as silent heart attacks because they do not cause any symptoms. Otherwise, the symptoms can vary, from chest pain to shortness of breath to dizzy spells. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) starts with a blood clot in  lodged vein deep in your body, mostly in the legs. From legs, it can move up to block the blood flow to your lungs. This, known as a pulmonary embolism, can cause serious organ damage and is fatal. Only few cases show warning signs such as pain, swelling or a warm sensation in the leg that otherwise does not have any sign at all. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Kidney Diseases

Early kidney disease has no symptoms, not until the damage to the kidneys is extensive. As it is more common in diabetes patients, diabetics must get a urine microalbumin test done when they see their health care provider. (Image source:Gettyimages)


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