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Body clues that could predict your future health

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What do your sense of smell, height and calf size have in common? They all provide clues to  potential future health problems.

So what are these weird health clues predicting about your future?

Finger length: A study in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism found women whose index fingers are shorter than their ring fingers are twice as prone to osteoarthritis in the knees.

How to prevent: Strengthen muscles surrounding knees by straightening each leg parallel to the floor 10 times; hold each rep for five to 10 seconds.

Height: A study by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found women taller than 5'2 missing gene mutation that helps them reach their 100th b-day.

How to prevent: Quit smoking, cut back on alcohol and eating meat.

Sense of Smell: A study in Annals of Neurology found older adults who can't identify the scent of bananas, lemons, and cinnamon are five times more likely to develop Parkinson's disease.

How to prevent: take fish oil supplements.

Calf size: A a 2009 French study in the journal Stroke found woman with small calves (13 inches or less) tend to develop carotid plaques, a known risk factor for stroke.

How to prevent: Sip green tea to stay heart healthy.

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