Why am I so cold in the winter?

Dr. William Sullivan


There is much individual variability in the sensation of feeling cold during the cold winter months. Older individuals are more likely to feel colder. Also, thin people usually feel colder than average weight overweight individuals. This is thought to be related to the fact that thin individuals have less fat for insulation. Thus, patients that lose a significant amount of weight are more likely to have increased cold sensation they did when they weighed more. Also, there are certain medical conditions that increase the sensation of feeling cold during the winter -- . the main one being an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism). Talk with your healthcare provider if you are having more problems with cold sensation than in previous years.

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