Irish News Article on Raynaud’s

We found an article in Independent. ie, an Irish news publication, titled “Always chilly? From an underactive thyroid to Raynaud’s disease here are some possible explanations.”

The article covers why some people experience cold with greater difficulty, and provides some interesting scientific commentary that we rarely come across, such as why we develop goose bumps and shiver.

Some people can find warmth simply by consuming hot spices added to foods (such as cayenne pepper, horseradish or black pepper) to stimulate their circulation.  Ginger also has circulation-boosting properties.  But for many people (like us Frosties), thermoregulation is a more complex issue, and becomes increasingly more challenging as we age.  While they suggest several hypotheses for why this occurs, the one factor we can control is staying fit and biologically aging healthier to improve the function of our thermoregulatory process.  More regular sleep patterns can also impact a body’s thermoregulation.

Finally the author suggests exploring Raynaud’s and an underactive thyroid as causing cold intolerance.  While we’re glad to see Raynaud’s highlighted in the article, it is incorrectly labeled as “being allergic to the cold.”  This is not an accurate reference (see our blog post “Ten Myths About Raynaud’s” – Myth #5).

Here’s the full article in the Health & Living section of Independent.ieAlways chilly? From an underactive thyroid to Raynaud’s disease here are some possible explanations