Global warming may dominate the headlines, but it is the cold of winter which in this country currently proves much more hazardous to health - especially for the elderly and the sick.
For every degree the temperature drops below 18C, deaths in the UK go up by nearly 1.5%. This year, any New Year's resolutions which involve strenuous outdoor activity - at least for those with existing health problems - may be best put on ice.
Heart attacks and strokes rise as temperatures fall. This is because when confronted with the cold, the blood vessels in the skin contract to conserve heat by preventing blood from flowing to the surface. The composition of the blood also changes.
For more on this, read the article 'How cold turns up the heat on health' on the BBC news website
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Posted by D.Drake