Do your joints hurt when a storm’s coming? Are you more cheerful on sunny days? Do you usually have more colds in winter? Do you suffer allergies in spring?

In fact, the weather’s impact on your body is a reality. In recent years scientists have become increasingly interested in attempting to understand how various weather extremes affect our health. On the other hand, Spain is an ideal health destination due to its fantastic climate and modern and well-equipped hospitals.

Blood pressure

Blood pressure measures the amount of force in the blood flow through the body. Many factors can affect blood pressure, including changes in atmospheric pressure due to weather changes, living near the sea or in the mountains, or diving in the deep sea.

In winter, when the air is colder than summer, the atmospheric pressure is higher than in summer. So, low temperatures cause your blood vessels to narrow and blood pressure to increase. This high blood pressure causes arterial hypertension, and in some cases headaches, lightheadedness, vertigo, tinnitus, altered vision or fainting episodes.

Spain are famous for the best all year round temperatures and sunny weather, with miles of sandy beaches, ensuring low atmospheric pressures to obtain a high quality lifestyle.

Asthma and allergies

Changing seasons and hot weather can exacerbate asthma and allergy symptoms, especially in spring and in places with high levels of pollution.

People who have allergies to pollen, spring is a very real problem that can pose serious risks. The symptoms are usually sneezing, stuffiness, and even difficulty breathing. For many asthma patients, windy weather can be a real problem. Wind carries pollen grains, sending high numbers of asthma patients to hospitals for the treatment of asthma attacks. Also, cities with high levels of pollution also cause allergies.

For those folks allergic to pollen from flowers, trees, and grasses, antihistamines often quell these symptoms. Fortunately, a simple treatment can treat these allergies. Ask your doctor which treatments are suitable for your allergies if you travel to Spain in spring. On the other hand, due to presence of beaches and mountains in places like Costa Blanca, the air is usually very clean in these places.

Joint pain

Sudden changes in atmospheric pressure, such as the switch that occurs right before a storm, can trigger joint pain. Cold weather can also cause painful changes in joint fluid thickness.

This pain is especially severe in the elderly and patients with arthritis. Many patients with these problems prefer to migrate to countries like Spain, with pleasant temperatures because they can not tolerate the pain.

Headache

Sudden falling atmospheric pressure can be a headache for some patients. It might affect the pressure in the brain or the way the brain blocks pain.

Stable weather may help reduce the incidence of migraines. Spain residents enjoy fairly uniform conditions marked by dry warm air, being a great place to treat severe headaches and migraines.

Depression

Weather and emotional health are joined. Some studies affirm that cold cloudy days cause depression and a sunny day elevates mood. For example, spring and fall are seasons with sudden temperature changes and that may increase depressive states.

The lack of light is another factor that causes depression. Ultraviolet radiation inhibits the natural production of melatonin, a hormone that cause sleep. The sun increases serotonin levels, one of the hormones necessary to increase mood.

Mediterranean climate causes a biochemical reaction helping to increase serotonin levels in our bodies. The sunny weather and pleasant temperatures in Spain help to elevate our mood.

Heart attack

Each 1.8 degree Fahrenheit the temperature drops is associated with around 200 additional heart attacks in United Kingdom, according to a study in British Medical Journal. High blood pressure contributes to the risk. People who suffer from heart disease can have high blood pressure and narrowed coronary arteries. Add to these factors the additional great physical efforts, can turn into a dangerous, even deadly, heart attack.

Therefore, many older patients prefer to enjoy a relaxed lifestyle in Spain, where they can buy a fantastic house on the seafront or enjoy wonderful holidays at an affordable price, and have the best medical care in in modern and well-equipped international hospitals like IMED Hospitales in Costa Blanca.

Diabetes

During cold fronts and low atmospheric pressure, blood viscosity increases. Diabetic patients will have more trouble controlling their blood sugar during cold fronts.

In Spain, in particular in Costa Blanca, the average temperature is 18 ºC, ensuring a high quality of life for people with diabetes.

Cold and flu

Many people contract the common cold when the weather changes, because rapid temperature swings weaken your immune system. The cold and flu virus also transmits better in cold air.

Spain has no sudden temperature changes, so colds and flus have no particular impact on residents in Spain.

COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and other lung diseases

Hot humid weather can make breathing difficult, particularly for people with preexisting lung conditions. Air pollution, which is worse when it’s hot, also plays a role.

In Spain and Costa Blanca, air quality is exceptional. Mediterranean sea winds and the nearby mountains create a microclimate that favours the recovery of lung diseases.