Although some people have a natural tendency to be cold, if you still feel a persistent chill on the hottest day in August, you may have a more serious medical problem. There are a variety of conditions that might explain why you feel as if there is an endless winter going on inside you…
One of the main functions of the thyroid gland is to produce hormones that help regulate the body’s metabolism, energy levels, and body temperature. An underactive thyroid means that not enough of these hormones are produced.
This leads to you feeling extremely sensitive to the cold, as well as feeling tired all the time, having a low sex drive, dry skin and constipation.
It can be treated with medication simply and effectively, so go see your GP to escape your constant cold state.
As many as 20% of the population suffer from Raynaud’s. This is a condition that occurs when your blood vessels go into a temporary spasm which blocks the flow of blood to your fingers, ears, nose, nipples and lips.
The affected area changes colour to white, then blue and then red as the blood flow returns. Other symptoms include numbness, pain, and pins and needles.
There are two types: primary, when the condition develops by itself, and secondary, caused by another health condition such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.
The most common form is iron deficiency anaemia, which is a condition where a lack of iron in the body leads to a reduction in the number of red blood cells. This means your organs and tissues won’t get as much oxygen as they should, which can lead to poor circulation and you shivering all the time.
Other symptoms include feeling lethargic, a shortness of breath, heart palpitations and a pale complexion.
Peripheral neuropathy is a complication that some diabetics suffer from. The nerves in charge of the senses are damaged, which means you may feel coldness or pain without reason.
People with Type 2 diabetes sometimes experience cold feet, which is a symptom of abnormally elevated blood and urine sugar. This leads to the narrowing of arteries and capillaries which means the blood supply is impaired.
Having a low body weight (a BMI around 18.5 or under) can make you feel the cold more than other people for a couple of reasons.
This is because fat works as an insulator and so having less fat on your body means you find it harder to hold heat. Eating less can also slow your metabolism which means that your body has less energy to heat itself.
Chronic fatigue is another thing that can slow your metabolism, which leaves you feeling chilly during the day.
Plus, your body temperature fluctuates at night and your body gets used to that cycle. If you stay up later, your body temperature might drop at the same time that you would normally be asleep.
If you experience numbness, a loss of sensation, and cold hands and feet, but you don’t suffer from a chronic medical condition, then you might just have naturally poor circulation.
Some common causes of this are smoking, not doing exercise and not eating enough healthy food. Small lifestyle changes can help improve your circulation and help you minimize discomfort in your extremities every day.