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WHY AM I ALWAYS COLD? 7 POSSIBLE MEDICAL REASONS

2021-12-10

1. Physiology

As a woman, we are physiologically programmed to run colder than men. We also tend to direct more blood flow to our organs, which can leave our hands and feet colder because blood is being directed elsewhere.

 

2. Dehydration

Water makes up 60% of your body. Water traps heat and then releases it slowly, helping keep your body warm. When you are dehydrated, however, your body is unable to properly regulate heat – leaving you feeling cold. Water also contributes to metabolism, so a lower metabolic rate also means you’ll run cold.

 

3. Poor Sleep

Sleep deprivation can contribute to feeling colder. It is unclear why, but this might be related to decreased function of the hypothalamus and other endocrine glands which result in lower metabolism.

 

4. Low BMI

Body fat insulates you from the cold, so if you don’t have an adequate supply of it, you’ll feel colder than others. Patients with cancer or severe chronic diseases often lose body fat and tend to feel cold.

 

5. Hypothyroidism

The thyroid hormone has many important functions throughout the body, including regulation of the body’s metabolism. If a person’s thyroid hormone level is too low then their metabolism will slow, resulting in less heat generation and a person feeling colder.

 

6. Anemia

Anemia is a blood disorder that happens when you don’t have enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout your body, according to the American Society of Hematology (ASH). This can be the result of your body making too few red blood cells, destroying too many red blood cells or losing too much blood for some reason, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

 

7. Circulation or Blood Vessel Problem

Circulation problems that decrease blood flow to the hands and feet can cause those areas to feel cold.

 

Some blood vessel disorders (such as Raynaud’s) cause blood vessels to spasm and become narrow, causing the extremities to become cold due to decreased blood flow to those areas.

 

Are you under a blanket right now? Since feeling cold all the time could be a sign of something more serious, don’t ignore the symptoms. You should see a doctor if cold intolerance is a new symptom for you and doesn’t go away.

 

So how to be really warm with heated gear in daily life, we will talk about in the next article!

 

Source: Banner Health


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