Cold feet in winter..a sign of a health problem

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Many people feel cold in their legs in the winter even with heating, so cold weather may not be the only underlying cause of this condition.

If the legs are still cold despite wearing warm, soft socks, this may be a sign of a health problem that may require an immediate visit to the doctor.

And the American newspaper “New York Post” quoted a scientific study that there are 5 main reasons for persistent cold feet.

Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism means that it is underactive and does not produce enough hormones to function properly. An underactive thyroid gland can lead to decreased circulation, decreased blood flow to the feet and a general feeling of cold feet, because these hormones affect many organs in the body and help in converting food into energy.

Therefore, if you feel cold all over your body, including your feet, you may have hypothyroidism, and you should visit your doctor if you suspect that you have this condition.

Raynaud’s disease

Raynaud’s disease means your body overreacts to cold, a rare condition that causes blood vessels in the hands and feet to narrow whenever you feel cold or stressed.

When the temperatures drop, you may notice that your hands and feet feel numb or icy cold.

The skin on the hands and feet can change color, become pale and turn white or blue, then turn red and start tingling when warm.

People who live in cold climates are more likely to develop Raynaud’s disease, and it is more common in women and people with a family history of this condition. This disease is not considered serious, but it can be troublesome.

And if you notice these symptoms, you should visit your doctor so that you can get the appropriate treatment and determine the full cause behind your condition by scrutiny.

diabetic

Diabetes may lead to cold feet due to some complications, which may include peripheral neuropathy, which means damage to the nerves in the feet, causing the feet to feel cold, while they will be at a normal temperature when touched.

Peripheral neuropathy may be caused by autoimmune diseases, vitamin deficiencies, certain medications, alcohol abuse, and diabetes.

Peripheral artery disease reflects that there are problems with blood flow, as poor circulation can make the feet feel cold.

Peripheral artery disease is common in smokers, those who are overweight and those with high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

A balanced and healthy lifestyle, getting more exercise and controlling your blood sugar levels can help stave off peripheral artery disease and reduce any symptoms you’re experiencing.

Stress

Stress can cause blood to pump toward the heart and away from the extremities, so this can make your fingers and toes feel cold. If you suffer from stress and find it difficult to manage, seek the advice of your doctor.

When you feel anxious, the body releases the hormone adrenaline. In addition to shifting your body into a “fight or flight” mode, adrenaline also causes blood to pump toward the heart and away from less important body parts, such as the hands and feet, to protect major organs.

This may cause a feeling of coldness in the hands and feet, and it is important to consult a medical professional to help you manage your anxiety and stress as soon as possible.

high cholesterol

If you have cold feet, it could be due to a buildup of cholesterol in the blood vessels or due to inflammation.

High cholesterol can lead to circulatory problems, such as preventing adequate blood flow to the feet, which can cause the feet to feel cold.

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