Cold Intolerance in the News

This time of year there aren’t a lot of articles about cold intolerance in the news, so we were glad to see the Alvarado News feature Raynaud’s in a recent issue. The article is titled “Medical News Today: 5 Causes of Cold Intolerance.”

The article lists a number of medical factors that can explain sensitivity to cold temperatures, including:

  • Hypothyroidism
  • Anemia – caused by either iron or vitamin deficiency
  • Anorexia 
  • Peripheral Artery Disease
  • Raynaud’s

Raynaud’s was second on the list after hypothyroidism, but these two disorders are not mutually exclusive. Raynaud’s can be secondary to
hypothyroidism, and also the first clue that a more serious medical issue like hypothyroidism exists and should be explored.

In addition to listing each issue associated with cold intolerance, the article defines each one along with common symptoms of each.

The fact that women tend to be less tolerant of cold temperatures and prefer warmer temperatures was also covered by the author (a female!). Research quoted reports that the difference in temperature preferences for each gender is about 5.5°F. That doesn’t really feel like a big variance, but even this low a number was proven significant in formal research.

The rationale given by the author for the gender variation is the fact that women tend to have a lower metabolic rate than men. What she doesn’t state is the fact that it’s also true that women are 90% times more likely to have Raynaud’s than men – one factor not covered in the research. We really need more research on Raynaud’s!

The article ends making the point that while cold intolerance isn’t necessarily a cause for medical concern on its own, any new or increased sensitivity to the cold or symptoms described for the above medical disorders should receive medical attention.

Here’s the full article “Medical News Today: 5 causes of cold intolerance.”

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