Is Weather Sensitivity A Myth Or Reality?

Date December 1, 2017

Meteosensitivity is defined as a phenomenon that is manifested by health deterioration in response to changes in climatic (weather) conditions (temperature, atmospheric pressure, humidity, electromagnetic radiation, chemical composition of air, etc.). When dealing with different people, it seems like the health condition of the majority of people directly depends on climatic changes. "My heart aches, and my head pulsates. Apparently, there is an increase in the atmospheric pressure." "My joints are complaining. It's going to rain." You have probably heard these kind of sentences numerous times. So let's try to find out if there is any correlation between human health and climatic changes.

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Scientific data completely rejects this theory. No research has ever proven any direct correlation between weather changes and the disturbance of people's well-being. The International Classification of Diseases' latest revision (ICD-10) does not contain a single graph devoted to meteosensitivity. Of course, weather conditions can act as risk factors. For example, the number of acute respiratory viral diseases tends to increase in cold weather, while summer is the season when there is an increased probability of transferring intestinal infections. However, this can be explained by usual pathophysiological mechanisms.

What causes health deterioration in climatic changes?

Health deterioration in climatic changes is due to the presence of already existing somatic diseases. It is true that chronic diseases most often stimulate meteosensitivity. It is important to understand that a person may develop certain pathologies over time. Because some people don't know about this, they tend to explain their ailment by different external reasons (including climatic conditions) instead of undergoing diagnostic tests to reveal their health problems. Below are a few pathologies that people might describe as meteorological dependent.

  • arterial hypertension;

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  • chronic fatigue syndrome;
  • iron-deficiency anemia;
  • depression;
  • thyroid gland diseases;
  • migraine;
  • diseases of joints;
  • multiple sclerosis;
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases.

In addition, increased sensitivity to climate changes can be observed during pregnancy, the menopause, as well as during puberty.

It is worth noting that people tend to better remember negative emotional experiences (in this case, episodes of health deterioration) associated with a specific and obvious cause. Instead, they might forget being ill when there has not been any change in the weather.

So the primary cause of the body disruption is an already existing disease. Weather conditions can only act as aggravating factors and worsen the course of a disease.

What should you do to boost your well-being?

  • Medical consultation. Do not self-diagnose and complain about the weather. If you complain of high blood pressure, make an appointment with a cardiologist.

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  • Treatment of the underlying disease. This should be your prior task. It is extremely important to monitor the course of the disease and prevent the occurrence of exacerbations.
  • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Giving up bad habits and maintaining a regular sleep routine, proper nutrition and regular exercise can greatly contribute to your body's adaptation to environmental changes.
  • Adaptogens and multivitamin complexes. These preparations will increase the nonspecific resistance of your body and will improve your overall health.

If weather "intervenes" into your life, it's time to undergo a medical examination! Take care of yourself and stay healthy!

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