Dr. Troy from the Vancouver Disc Center here with more insights into how we can help our circulation system keep us healthy and vibrant. So many of us suffer from illnesses or side effects of poor blood circulation such as cold hands or feet. Read, learn and let"s move the needle towards better health!
Many women (and some men) experience freezing cold hands and icy cold feet due to poor blood circulation. Of course, many will tell you that their cold hands mean they have a warm heart!
The Estrogen Connection
Some studies suggest that estrogen levels are responsible for cold hands and feet in women. This may be one of the main reasons that women typically suffer from this problem more commonly than their male counterparts.
Women in their early 30"s and 40"s can suffer the effects of "Estrogen Dominance" when their body has a much higher level of estrogen than progesterone as they approach and enter perimenopause.
Cold hands and feet are one of the symptoms of Estrogen Dominance; however, this may also be indicative of a thyroid issue. Make an appointment with your family doctor and request a blood test for hormone levels.
This will show you what your Thyroid and Estrogen levels are up to, among other things, and be a good starting point for determining treatment.
Raynaud"s Disease is an immune disorder also known as Raynaud"s Syndrome and Raynaud"s Phenomenon. It is characterized by an exaggerated constrictive response to cold. Approximately 60%-90% of sufferers are women.
If your hands and feet, (or fingers, toes and nose) become blotchy and white in appearance, feel numb and/or give way to a bluish color and swelling, it is vital to check in with your doctor.
This is especially important if you particularly find you"re consistently flaring up when exposed to cold weather or when handling frozen foods.
Typically, patients are frequently chilly when others are not. Of course, the worst time for spasmodic contraction of small veins and arteries is during the winter. Studies show that this ailment is higher among those who suffer from migraines.
Left untreated, this condition may eventually damage blood vessel walls and cause even more serious issues, such as gangrene.
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