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access_time 8.October, 2020 remove_red_eye 240 Cold hands, what causes them? The autumn weather is pleasant outside but your hands are frozen. If you are aware of this situation, we have information for you on why this is so. If not, you are one of the happier ones. In cold weather, cold hands are a common manifestation of the human body. Our blood vessels narrow under the influence of the cold, so that our limbs are not well perfused. However, let's look at the reasons that can cause cold hands even in the warmer months. AnemiaThe term anemia is a medical condition characterized by insufficient functioning of red blood cells. It is caused by several factors - chronic diseases such as cancer or blood loss.Each red blood cell contains hemoglobin, an iron-rich protein. It binds to the oxygen in the blood and carries it to cells throughout the human body that need oxygen to function properly. Cells with insufficient red blood cells do not receive oxygen, which causes a lack of energy in the human body and cold hands. DiabetesMillions of children and adults around the world suffer from diabetes. It is a chronic disease that occurs when your body cannot make enough insulin or insulin does not do its job.Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas and its main function is to regulate blood sugar levels, glucose. Glucose flows in the bloodstream and serves as the main source of energy for cells. In the absence of insulin, glucose remains in the blood, causing inefficient cell function and lack of energy. Too high blood sugar level damages blood vessels and nerves, resulting in cold hands. SclerodermaYou are probably hearing this word for the first time. In human speech it means a disease that causes harden of the connective skin tissue. We know 2 types of scleroderma:localized - usually in children and affects only the skinsystemic - most common in adult women and affects the skin and internal organsTo date the exact cause of scleroderma has not been revealed but doctors believe it is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the immune system causes inflammation. This inflammation results in increased production of collagen in the skin and connective tissue causing cold hands and weakness. Addison's diseaseOtherwise known as a disease when the adrenal glands are unable to produce enough hormones. These are located just above the kidneys and produce adrenaline, norepinephrine and steroid hormones.Lack of these hormones causes a number of symptoms such as loss of appetite, weight loss, lack of energy and a decrease in blood pressure. Low blood pressure affects the blood circulation in the hands and feet leading to a feeling of cold hands and feet. Iron deficiencySymptoms such as brittle hair, broken nails and tics in the eyes can cause iron deficiency in the body. The body tries to balance it through the bloodstream which can lead to a change in our feeling of warmth and cold. Regular use of medicationCertain drugs such as beta-blockers lower blood pressure and may cause the arteries in the hands to narrow. These can make you feel cold fingers and hands. Migraine or pain medications often have the same side effect. Decreased thyroid functionPeople with hypothyroidism have colds more often. This is because the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones which slows down important metabolic processes. Thus, the increased sensitivity to cold is caused by reduced thyroid function. How to fight cold hands?There is no clear answer to this question. If you have symptoms of any of the above diseases we definitely recommend that you discuss the problem with your doctor. However, the problem of cold hands can also be solved by high-quality heated gloves. The technology is a fast step forward and nowadays there are many models of heated gloves on the market for various sports, but also leisure.If you also have a problem with cold feet, we recommend that you read the article What causes cold feet? Continue
access_time 1.March, 2020 remove_red_eye 647 5 tips on how to enjoy winter hiking You know it. As soon as the winter begins, you run up the mountains and hope to enjoy a great dose of snow again. Don't you even admit that winter has not been what it used to be for a long time? Here are tips on how to enjoy the mountains even in the winter without snow. Even if the terrain is not covered with a continuous layer of snow, you should prepare for cold, frost and winter. Do not underestimate your stay in the mountains and perfectly adapt to winter conditions and stay dry. PlanBefore you leave your house, it is best to plan your trip. We should not forget the schedule. Establish at least an approximate departure and arrival home. Keep in mind that it is rather dark in winter, so don't be surprised by the darkness and go on your hike in the morning. If you still want to experience adrenaline and go into the forest under the cover of the night, be sure to choose places you know well. Think of a sudden weather changeThe sun is shining, you are climbing uphill and gradually dropping warm layers of clothing. You can't even realize how the sky suddenly overcast and rain or snowstorm has come. In such cases, the ideal solution for you is to have a Plan B. Nothing happens when you throw clothes in your backpack that will keep you warm and so you can stay dry. Keep your feet dryHow to dress for hiking? Choose the ideal solution when you wear more thin layers of functional clothing to keep your clothing from moving. The cold is spreading from below, so your feet should stay in the dry first. Be sure not to wear new hiking boots that you have only tried in the store so far, as they might bother you. The popularity of mountain lovers enjoys different types of socks that will keep your feet warm even in extreme weather. Choose compression, thermo or heated socks. Compression socks are versatile and can be used in various sports. Tourists prefer it especially because they perfectly adapt to the left and right leg, are odorless and their seam is sewn by hand. If you want to have your feet in cotton and winter sports, and you often have cold feet, you should definitely try heated socks. Haven't you heard of them yet? Not only are they made of comfortable material, they also include a high-quality heating element that keeps the foot in ideal temperature. Choose suitable clothes and do not underestimate the additional equipmentPack the most important ones with you. Appropriate footwear, warm clothing and hiking accessories are the alpha and omega when visiting the mountains. Since childhood, mothers have dressed us like onions. For field trips, you should choose the same way of dressing and layering onion from high-quality thermal underwear to thermal insulation and protective clothing. When you get warm and warm, you will have no problem gradually removing one layer of clothing. Do not forget to pack spare clothes such as socks, hats, gloves or thermal clothing. If you are planning a longer stay in the cold mountain air, your hands will surely thank you, unless you forget to pack heated gloves in your backpack. With this tip-top glove you will enjoy the winter to the fullest. Do you remember skiing when you could hardly feel your fingers? Heated gloves contain a heating element, so your hands are always warm.Happiness wishes you ready, so you should not forget about additional equipment. Before the hike, you need to make a list of things that should be an integral part of your backpack. But don't take too many things. Even a heavy backpack can trouble every tourist. If you are looking for a more challenging hike, be sure to attach cats to your backpack to allow you to move on difficult terrain. Do not take unnecessary risksIf you have mastered your preparation for winter hiking in the mountains, do not underestimate the mountains as such. They are devious. Mountain rescuers help day-to-day tourists who find themselves in a dangerous situation as well as those who risk unnecessarily risking their own routes off the hiking trails. Don't overestimate your skills. Do not risk taking unnecessary photos that you would like to hang on social networks. Unhappiness does not go to the mountains, but to people. Continue
access_time 8.December, 2018 remove_red_eye 1101 What causes cold feet? Do you often have cold feet even if you are not cold? This phenomenon may have different causes for consciousness. Let's go through them:Stress or anxiety – the body reacts by pumping adrenaline into the bloodstream, causing the blood vessels to narrow and blood flow to the peripheral parts of the body to be reduced. It's a body defensive mechanism that saves energy in case a stressful situation leads to injuries.Problems with blood circulation – Insufficient blood circulation may be caused by sedentary work. Reduced blood flow may also be due to smoking or high cholesterol.Anemia – If the blood does not contain enough functional red blood cells, the cells in the tissues are not adequately supplied with oxygen. A serious illness may cause this case, but sometimes it will help to change the diet. Iron, vitamin B12 or folic acid benefit from blood circulation.Diabetes – Problems with blood circulation may also occur to people with diabetes. High sugar levels can cause narrowing of blood vessels and poor blood circulation. Uncontrolled sugar levels can lead to nerve damage that results in a feeling of tingling, sneezing, numbness or burning of the feet.Nervous disorders – Disease or injury where nerve damage has occurred may be the cause of cold feet. Most often it is the result of frostbite, infection, liver, kidney or geneticsHypothyroidism – In case of absence of thyroid function problems with metabolism occur. It affects the blood circulation, heartbeat and body temperature in the body, so the problems can arise in the form of cold feet. In this case, other symptoms such as fatigue, irritation, or memory problems become more common.HOW TO FIGHT COLD FEETIn case you have a sedentary job you should think of regular walks throughout the day. Physical activities help restore correct blood circulation in the body. Warm foot baths can also help - their effect can last for the whole day.Another option is heaters. These can be in the form of heated socks or insoles. Socks are definitely a better choice because you can use them without footwear and get rid of the cables and batteries. You can use the heated insoles only in shoes, so you probably do not want to sit at home in the boots.If the cold feet problem repeat, you should visit your doctor. There is a likelihood that it is a manifestation of a more serious illness. Sometimes a lifestyle change is enough.If you also have a problem with cold hands, we recommend that you read the article Cold hands, what causes them? Continue
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