5 reasons why you are always cold

18 Apr 2021Updated: 4 hours ago | 52 people are reading

5 reasons why you are always cold

© Tessa Gorgosz 5 reasons why you are always cold

It is normal that you are cold when you go outside in the winter or when the air conditioning is on all day. But if you feel cold all the time, without there appearing to be a reason, you might wonder if that is a sign that something else is going on with your body.

1. Cold intolerance

There are people who just feel cold all the time. This is what doctors call cold intolerance and is usually not a sign of anything serious. It is true that certain health conditions can cause cold intolerance. However, this often goes together with other notable symptoms.

2. Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is a condition in which your thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones that properly regulate your metabolism. This can happen for a variety of reasons, the most common of which is Hashimoto's disease (attacks your thyroid gland). Since a slow thyroid gland affects many metabolic functions, hypothyroidism can cause a wide variety of symptoms, including fatigue, unintended weight gain, constipation, dry skin, thinning hair, depressed mood, heavy or irregular menstrual periods, and increased sensitivity to cold. 3. Anemia

Anemia is a blood disease that occurs when you do not have enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen through your body. This may be due to the fact that your body produces too few red blood cells, destroys too many red blood cells, or loses too much blood for some reason. This leads to less circulation to your limbs, which makes you feel colder, especially in your hands and feet. Other common anemia symptoms include weakness, fatigue, irregular heartbeat, lighter skin, chest pain, and headache.

4. Raynaud's disease

Raynaud's disease is a condition that causes your limbs to become cold, discolor (such as red or blue), numb and even become painful when you are outside in cold temperatures or stress. It happens because your blood vessels are narrowing. Usually occurs in the fingers and toes, but it can also occur in the nose, lips, ears and nipples. Normally, people with Raynaud's disease only get the symptoms when they come in contact with the cold. It is actually a normal reaction for your blood vessels to constrict in the cold, but with Raynaud it happens too quickly or too violently.

5. Lose weight

Your body uses fat to save heat, so it makes sense that if you have a lower body weight, you will be cold sooner. It is also not unusual to become more sensitive to the cold after your body weight decreases. Even if your weight loss is associated with eating too few calories, this can lead to a delayed metabolism. This means that your temperature control does not work as efficiently as usual.