Raynaud’s disease (cold, numb white toes and fingers) and paleo?
In the past few weeks it seems as if I've acquired Reynaud's Syndrome which, according to nhlbi.nih.gov, encompasses:
A Vasospasm of the arteries that reduces blood flow to the fingers and toes. The skin may turn white and then blue for a short time. As blood flow returns, the affected areas may turn red and throb, tingle, burn, or feel numb.
I've been Paleo for about eight months now and I assumed that I was impervious to any vascular and/or autoimmune disorders. Could it be that 48 years of eating SAD and my own genetics are too much to overcome? I'm kind of bummed out about this.
FYI, I'm an avid runner and swimmer. My only major medical problem has been a bout with skin cancer a few years ago.
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on January 18, 2012
at 09:33 PM
I had Raynauds for years, long before I went low carb, then paleo. For the last 12 months I have been following The Perfect Health Diet very carefully, including all the recommended supplements. I am toasty warm this winter. Big change from 12 months ago. So, what changed in those 12 months? I added safe starches, organ meats, and started supplementing as per the Jaminet's recommendations.
on November 06, 2014
at 04:16 AM
From what I've read, Raynaud's can start anytime, but late onset needs to be checked for other causes than genetics. If it is due to genetics, I haven't seen or experienced any connection to diet and Raynaud's symptoms. If it is the secondary form, then it can be a sign of an autoimmune disorder beginning. I would recommend getting some blood work, like the ANA test, especially if you have RA or Lupus in the family. If you are experiencing any other symptoms, then this could be an indicator of something else going on. Because of you previous bout with cancer, this is something to explore as some types of cancers can cause secondary Raynaud's. Those that have had skin cancer have been shown to be at a higher risk of developing other cancers. I would recommend getting tested for the BRAC gene (23andme) and getting blood work to detect blood cancer. Hopefully it is genetics and nothing to worry about. My apologies for being direct, but it is better to be informed and get tested whenever a new symptom appears. best of luck.