Poor circulation is also common in diabetes patients who also heal slowly due to lack of blood flow.
Frostbite occurs underneath the skin, where the tissues actually freeze numb, and become hard and pale—particularly in winter exposed areas such as the fingers, toes, and ears.
Lupus can actually result in the contraction of the small blood vessels, preventing blood flow to the skin in hands and feet.
The female hormone oestrogen, which regulates the peripheral blood vessels and increases during menstruation, will often make us more sensitive to cold temperatures.
6. Raynaud’s Syndrome
A type of vasospastic disorder that affects more than 10-percent of women in the UK, Raynaud’s patients often complain of cold, sensitive extremities.
I bet you weren’t aware that nicotine can lead to poor circulation—due to adrenaline in the body preventing blood flow to the muscles.
8. Blood Clots
Sometimes cold hands and feet can signal a blood clot or interrupted blood flow via the veins or arteries—especially if fatty deposits build up and create a blockage, resulting in peripheral arterial disease.
9. Sedentary Lifestyle
Poor blood circulation, due to lack of activity will typically result in cold hands and feet. However, a bit of light exercise will restores blood flow and heat to the muscles and skin fairly quickly.