8 Surprising Reasons that You’re Cold all the Time

Are you constantly chilly, even when no one else in the room is cold? One of these surprising reasons may be why you feel cold all the time.

Women are more likely to feel cold all the time than men are because they have a lower resting metabolic rate. Research also shows that women have lower cold tolerance.

However, it’s not normal to shiver when no one else is. If you’re feeling cold all the time for no reason, it could be a sign of an underlying condition.

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1. Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism or underactive thyroid may slow down your metabolism and make you feel cold all the time. Look out for other hypothyroid symptoms such as dry skin, fatigue, thinning air, constipation, and weight gain.

Talk to your doctor about trying these natural strategies to treat hypothyroidism.

2. Anemia

Anemia occurs when your body doesn’t have enough red blood cells to transport all the oxygen your body needs. It can occur due to blood loss or if your body is not making enough red blood cells. Low amounts of red blood cells reduce circulation in your limbs, making you feel cold.

Iron deficiency is one of the main causes of anemia. Get plenty of iron from these vegan sources.

3. Weight Loss

Most people don’t realize that losing weight has side effects, such as feeling cold all the time. As you may know, fat acts as an insulator. A lower body fat percentage may increase your sensitivity to cold.

The hormonal and metabolic changes that occur after weight loss may also be to blame.

4. Raynauds Disease

This rare disorder interferes with circulation in your toes and fingers. It’s characterized by swelling of fingers and feeling cold.

Sometimes, hands and feet turn white or blue and go numb when people with Raynaud’s disease expose themselves to cold. Speak to your doctor if you suspect you have this condition.

5. Inadequate Sleep

Lack of sleep stresses your body, which can make you feel cold. In fact, research shows that lack of sleep for a single night can lead to heat loss.

If you’ve been skimping on sleep, get seven to eight hours of sleep every night, and maybe you can stop shivering.

6. Atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis is a condition where plaque buildup causes blood vessels to narrow and harden. It reduces circulation to your limbs, organs, and head, making you feel cold all the time.

Other symptoms of atherosclerosis include slow healing wounds, painful and cramping legs, and buttocks, decreased toenail growth, and decreased hair growth.

7. Diabetes

Diabetes can cause circulation and kidney problems that can make you feel cold all the time. Additionally, it can cause nerve damage, making your feet feel cold.

Other signs of diabetes include frequent urination, fatigue, blurry vision and excessive thirst.

8. Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to anemia, making you feel cold. Taking a B12 supplement is the best way to bring your levels back up to normal.

Note that some medications interfere with vitamin B12 absorption, so see a doctor to know if your medicine has such an effect.

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Ganaisha Calvin
Ganaisha C6 days ago

i get cold when someone else controls the thermostat

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Sarah A8 days ago

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Teresa W9 days ago

I'm hot most of the time.

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