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It’s Fall and all the things we love about the Fall are falling into place as they should. The leaves are turning on the trees, all foods are created with apples or pumpkins, you’re able to wear jeans and sweaters, and of course, it’s football season.

It’s okay to admit it, this season is your favorite. You are not alone. While you are out and about, enjoying these wonderful changes, there are less well-known factors that can cause your Fall season to take a bad turn.

The Center for Disease Control say there are many factors of Fall that can lead to danger for those who are not prepared. With over 2,000 deaths each year related to weather, 63% die from colder weather issues. This is more than double the number that die from heat related problems.

While not all health problems due to weather end in fatalities, they can become problematic. With just a little research, you can gain all the knowledge you need to make sure you stay safe when the seasons change.

In this article, you will find valuable information on how to protect yourself from five potential health problems that can be connected to a change in weather. You will also be given specific prevention methods that can help you even further.

1. Dry, Cracked Skin

Nothing feels better than coming in from the colder weather and taking a long, hot shower or bath. What you may not know is this can dry out and crack your skin even more. And if you aren’t applying lotion to your skin, it can become scaly, itchy, flaky and annoying. And all these annoyances can happen anywhere on your body, including your face. It is treatable, however.

One way to prevent or treat dry, cracked skin during the Fall is to receive skin rejuvenation therapy. Yes, lotions help. But with advancements in medicine, doctors can now use your own stem cells to naturally replace any damaged skin cells. The results last for months, through the entire Fall season.

2. Heart Health

As the weather gets colder, your blood pressure increases and sometimes, the heart cannot handle what seems like sudden changes. Reports state the number of heart attacks rise as the weather gets colder.

However, there are things you can do to prevent a heart attack. You can make sure you are properly clothed, keeping your body warm. Wearing flip flops and shorts when there is frost on the ground is not considered appropriate.

Another thing you can do is ask your doctor to provide a heart health screening. These exams can not only detect potential impairments, it can also help you prevent future heart problems.

It’s important you get a heart screening from a doctor who can provide a myriad of testing options. Ask for heart rate variability, pulse wave velocity, sudomotor function assessment at a minimum. You want your heart screening to be comprehensive and completed by specialists.

3. Vitamin D Levels Drop

You have likely heard just how important Vitamin D is for your health. Your body needs the right amount of Vitamin D to regulate hormones. It is also needed to boost Serotonin levels in the brain that when lacking, can lead to depression.

You also need Vitamin D to strengthen your immune system, fighting off colds and flu that become more prevalent in the Fall. Taking Vitamin D supplements can help, if you get pure Vitamin D at the recommended daily dose. This can be hard and typically only 50% of the vitamins are received by the body.

One way to ensure you are getting the right amount of Vitamin D is to receive Vitamin Therapy Infusions. These are IV infusions, allowing the vitamins to go straight to your cells. You get over 90 percent absorption of the vitamins.

4. Diet Woes

Some people find they maintain their weight or lose weight better in the Fall. However, more people seem to gain weight during this season. One reason may be because the weather is not as warm, and people find it uncomfortable to get out in the cold and exercise. Poor diets can lead to negative health issues such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

To get a grip on your diet woes in the Fall season, meet with a doctor who can supervise you in your journey. Find a doctor who knows how important it is to be safe and can monitor your hormones at the same time, since hormones can have a lot to do with weight gain.

In addition, find a doctor who can help you change your eating lifestyle by addressing the underlying reasons for your weight issues. You may find a simple detox diet will benefit you the most, getting rid of toxins and resetting your body. Or, you may find you need a personalized weight loss program.

5. Sleep Disturbances

Even though the Fall season brings longer hours of nighttime, some people find themselves struggling to get good sleep. Without good sleep you can experience an overload of stress, mood changes, weight gain, heart disease and more.

Working with a doctor who specializes in sleep hygiene can help you learn how to make changes in your sleep habits that can help you get a better night’s sleep. Learning stress management techniques can also help, like meditation before bed.

In conclusion, these are just a few of the changes in health the Fall weather can bring on. Others can include dry eyes, an increase in aches and pains, decreased energy levels, allergies, and inflammation. And because you find yourself indoors more, you are around other people experiencing the same things.

All these issues can be treated and prevented though. Make your health a priority this Fall season. Take time to visit your doctor or specialist to learn how to implement positive health activities. You don’t have to go through another change in seasons expecting the worse. There are specific steps you can take to make this season one of the best.