you are cold all the time

Maybe your significant other teases you about how cold your hands (or feet) are. Or maybe you should wear socks, winter or not, and you still feel cold no matter how many hot drinks you drink.

If this sounds like you, maybe it’s time to find out if there’s a reason why you’re so cold. There could be a medical reason you’re feeling physically frigid and ways to treat the root of the problem, such as:

Problem #1: Low body weight

If you have a BMI of 18.5 or less or are 15% or more under the “ideal” weight for your height, this could be why you feel cold. Low body weight can mean you have less fatty tissue and your body produces less heat.

Recommendation: Eat 5-6 small, nutrient-rich meals instead of 2-3 large meals daily – this includes whole grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy and lean protein. Exercise can also help by stimulating your appetite and building muscle to help maintain your body temperature.

Problem #2: Lack of sleep

You may be cranky when you don’t get enough sleep, but fatigue can also cause chills. Our body temperatures naturally drop during sleep, but sleep deprivation can stop fluctuations in our body temperatures.

Recommendation: Adults should sleep between seven and nine hours a night. Set your thermostat between 60 and 72 degrees, as warm room temperatures can sometimes cause sleep issues.

Problem #3: Anemia

One of the most common causes of a cold is anemia, a condition where low levels of iron make it difficult for red blood cells to circulate in the body. Other signs that you may have anemia are pale skin, difficulty concentrating, shortness of breath, and brittle nails.

Recommendation: Talk to your doctor about changing your diet, taking medications, and adding supplements like iron and vitamin B12 to your daily routine.

Problem #4: Hypothyroidism

The thyroid is a gland located at the base of the neck that regulates metabolism. However, you can develop hypothyroidism when your gland doesn’t produce or regulate hormones properly, causing your metabolism to slow down and giving you a cold. Symptoms of hypothyroidism, in addition to feeling cold, are dry skin, constipation, hair loss, weight gain, heavy menstrual periods, and fatigue.

Recommendation: Talk to your doctor about testing for hypothyroidism. Treatments may include hormone therapy.

Problem #5: Dehydration

While it may be hard to believe, dehydration affects your body temperature because water helps your body regulate temperature. If you are sufficiently hydrated, water traps body heat and releases it slowly. In addition to the cold, signs of dehydration are dizziness, muscle cramps, dry mouth, fatigue, and dark urine.

Recommendation: The US National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine advise men to drink 15.5 glasses of water a day and 11.5 glasses a day for women.

Problem #6: Unregulated diabetes

Diabetes can cause anemia, kidney and circulatory problems, making you feel cold. However, unregulated diabetes can also lead to peripheral neuropathy – damage to the nerves in the hands and feet. A sign that you may be suffering from the disease is that you feel cold, but not cold to the touch.

Recommendation: Make an appointment with your doctor. Not only is it important to treat the underlying condition, but your doctor can help you manage any diabetes-related nerve pain you may be experiencing.

Still not sure why you are cold all the time? Don’t give your doctor the cold shoulder. Schedule an appointment with your provider to learn more. To schedule an appointment online, visit NW-Physicians.com today!

you are cold all the time

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