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Can changes in my nails signal an underlying systemic disease?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Changes in your nails can sometimes indicate a problem with your health. Diseases such as liver, kidney, and thyroid disease can cause a change in your nails' appearance, from the thickness to the color. Fingernails that are ridged, pitted, or very brittle may also signal a health issue. If you're concerned about any changes in the appearance of your nails, see your doctor. 

Your nails can indicate an underlying health condition -- heart disease, lead poisoning, diabetes and lupus, as well as some other conditions, all cause changes in the appearance of your nails.

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