7 Health Woes Brought on by Winter

Live Science lists seven health problems you are more likely to experience during the colder months:

Heart attack

Cold weather increases your heart attack risk.  For every 1-degree Celsius drop in the average daily temperature, there is a 2 percent increase in heart attack risk.

Stroke

Winter can worsen high blood pressure, and trigger complications such as heart failure and stroke.

Seasonal affective disorder

People with this disorder have dampened moods when the nights are longer.  Health experts recommend using light therapy -- exposing yourself to extremely bright light a few times a day -- to alleviate the symptoms of SAD.

Depression

Two groups of people are especially vulnerable to this around the holiday season -- those who don't have close friends or family, and those who feel anxiety stemming from visits with dysfunctional relatives.

The flu

In the northern hemisphere, people most often get the flu during the winter months, from November to March.

High cholesterol

Cholesterol levels are highest in the winter and lowest in the summer.  This could be because people exercise less in the cold months.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is aggravated in the winter months, when dry air, decreased sunlight and colder temperatures can cause flare-ups.

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