Have you ever looked at your nails and noticed those little crescent shapes on them? These moon shaped areas in the bed of the nails are more officially known as lunulae, and typically they are whitish, or otherwise lighter than other parts of the nail. There is a lot of formal and informal speculation on what role the nails play in overall health. Healthy nails generally should be tough, glossy and bear a ruddy or rosy color as well. It is believed that the whiter and more defined a person’s lunulae are, the more energy they have. As such, the reverse is often thought of those with poorly defined, or discolored lunulae; in fact, the color of a person’s lunulae, or the absence of lunulae altogether can sometimes indicate the presence of certain diseases in the body. Read on if you’re interested in finding out what your lunulae can suggest about your health.
What it Means When You Have Large Lunulae
Generally, a person’s lunulae should not occupy more than a quarter (1/4th) of a person’s fingernail. However, lunulae can occupy up to and over a third of a person’s nail. Having such large lunulae can indicate problems related to the cardiovascular system, including things like heartbeat disruption (arrhythmia) and low blood pressure. While this can be quite alarming, the increased size of the lunulae is also related to physical activity. For this reason, it is not uncommon for those who are regularly physically active, such as athletes, to have large lunulae. Otherwise, high stress may be the culprit.