Winter weather may cause hard-to-diagnose ailments

Many people say they gain an extra ten pounds in the winter, go stir crazy being cooped up inside or even suffer from seasonal depression. According to Doctor Ryan Stanton, all of those can be side effects of the cold weather. He also says they are treatable and preventable.
Keith Woolum says he’s noticed his friends complaining about gaining weight, but claims he’s refusing to slow down. "I work out for an hour-and-a-half and walk from my home to Bluegrass Community and Technical College every day," says Woolum. He adds that some of his classmates think it’s too cold to go outside and want to drive everywhere.
There could be other reasons for that, like the cold weather coming at the same time as the holidays–a time when many people tend to gain weight. According to Stanton, people can combat putting on the pounds by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly.
Stanton says there are other conditions related to winter weather as well. One is seasonal affective disorder, which can be caused by longer nights and less day light, among other things. It can make someone feel unhappy, restless or uncomfortable, causing signs of depression.
Stanton adds he has seen many injuries caused by people slipping and falling on the ice. He says sometimes people try to break their fall with an outstretched wrist, but he warns that it can actually be harmful. "It puts an impact on the radius and the ulna, which are the bones of the wrist, so we get a lot of breaks there." He also says if you know you are going to fall, protect your head and spine at any cost, as those are some of the most difficult injuries to recover from.

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