LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Did you know Mother Nature has an effect on your health? Today we're giving you the six surprising ways the weather can predict your health from Reader's Digest.
1. Heart attack - In 2012 one U-S study found an 18 percent increase in heart attack deaths in winter and a 10 to 12 percent decrease in summer. Cold weather may constrict blood vessels or lead to more blood clots.
2. Psoriasis flares – Cold, dry air sucks moisture out of the skin which makes it more vulnerable to the disease's trademark red, scaly patches. A good penetrating moisturizer can help.
3. Arthritis - As atmospheric pressure drops, tissues near joints expand and put pressure on nerves. However, some studies that tracked symptoms with weather didn't find a strong link.
4. Lightning strikes, migraines - A study found that these headaches were 28-percent more likely to occur when lightning struck, perhaps due to electromagnetic changes.
5. Hot days, gout - Dehydration from sweltering temps can cause uric acid, a trigger of gout pain to accumulate.
6. Multiple sclerosis - Steamy weather and even slight rises in core body temperature caused by a fever or taking a hot bath-can exacerbate symptoms.