Scientists looking into cold feet

August 17, 2012 3:52:07 PM PDT
Scientists are solving the medical mystery of cold feet. They have pinpointed specific proteins within the skin's blood vessels that play a part in the body's reaction to cold stimuli.

They found the body's response to cold is to cut off circulation to the extremities to preserve blood flow to warm the internal organs.

For some people it's more extreme such as in the case of Raynaud's Disease.

This study identified new players that may influence the body's reaction.

The hope is this discovery will lead to ways to deal with this problem and treat Raynaud's and other conditions.