In the past couple of weeks, I???ve been noticing that my nose and hands are often cold. This is a new development for me.
Some background: this spring, I turned 50, read Taubes, and adopted a VLC diet. I kept reading and learning, discovered Mark???s Daily Apple, and VLC morphed into Paleo. (Off-topic: without the wonders of the Internet, would we all still be on the SAD? I???m sure I would.) I became completely gluten-free in October. From May 1 until now, my weight has dropped from 200 pounds to 165.
I have read that following significant weight loss the body may respond by decreasing BMR, and that this may lead to coldness in the extremities. Does this sound plausible? If so, what should I do? Lift weights and build muscle mass? Add in more ???safe??? starches (rice and tubers) to my diet?
(P.S. I am aware of the possible cardiological explanations for these symptoms, and will follow up on those if necessary, so you don???t need to address those in your comments.) Thanks!
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on November 21, 2011
at 10:38 PM
VLC can reduce T3. Cold extremities can be a sign of hypothyroidism. http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?cat=49
on November 22, 2011
at 01:29 PM
Sounds like you might have Raynaud's syndrome, but I think that typically starts presenting in younger folks (I myself started having symptoms when I was 13 or so, and it's gotten better with age). Meredith recently told me hers went away after she started supplementing magnesium (I'm going to try this), and I read on Julianne Taylor's blog that she had good results from doing an auto-immune paleo protocol.
on November 21, 2011
at 08:41 PM
I lost a lot of weight (111 lbs) and often find my nose gets cold in odd situations. Sometimes when I am working out and the rest of me is warm, just my nose is cold. It has been more than 5 years and I keep expecting my body to adjust to the lower amount of fat keeping it warm, but it hasn't happened. I am still very often cold.
I've recently had an EKG and have no heart issues that I am aware of also.