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Posted by: annemaree
Date: July 9, 2001 1:22 AM

My 13 year old daughter is an extremely well fed child, takes supplements etc. (doesn't exercise much). She also gets extremely cold hands, they go very white then red in the fingers - it is winter here, but not bitterly cold.

RE: Circulation
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: July 10, 2001 1:44 AM

Many things can cause cold hands: endocrine disorder (especially, but not limited to, thyroid), collagen vascular disease, Reynaud's syndrome, mineral insufficiency - especially magnesium. I find high dose magnesium and ascorbate warm my hands when they seem unreasonably cold. Teenagers are typically deficient in magnesium as they do not, as a group, eat their green leafies. The procoagulant syndrome is a common cause of cold extremities. Also, there is no law against a person having more than one cause of cold extremities.

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