Why Do I Feel Cold Even in Summer?

Do you know somebody who constantly complains about how cold they are? Or how cold the air conditioning system is, while you are panting and huffing from the scorching heat outside. Don’t blame them, this is a health problem with some people. The problem with people always feeling cold can be due to an underlying medical condition or simply because they need to change their lifestyle.

Why Do I Feel Cold Even in Summer

Gender Affects Body Temperature

Females are found to be more receptive of the condition of feeling cold than males. This is due to the presence of estrogen hormone in higher quantity in females. Although they have more fat deposits than men, they lack the muscular tissue which aids in keeping the body warm. Also the fact that women lose blood every month during their menses ads to the fact that they feel colder than men.

Medical Reasons for Always Being Cold

People always complaining about being cold even in summer should read the following points and make adjustments in their lifestyle accordingly. In some cases they might need to see a registered medical practitioner for help.

Some of the main reasons for always feeling cold are listed below:

Hypothyroid: If your body finds it very difficult to cope with even a little bit of cold, hypothyroid—a little bow tie like gland lying in your neck—is to be blamed. Its main function is to change food into energy. This energy is then used by the body for performing various functions, and keeping the body warm is one of them. According to a recent study, in two out of hundred persons, it works slow or doesn’t work at all.

Diabetes: People suffering from Diabetes Type 2, often feel cold, along with the numbness of hands and feet. If other symptoms are also being felt, a doctor must be consulted straight away.

Hypertension-Blood Pressure: People suffering from high or low blood pressure, often feel cold as compared to normal individuals. Their hands and feet will always be cold, because of the low blood supply to these areas.

Anemia: The major cause for feeling cold all the time especially in women is due to anemia. Pale looking skin, fatigue, shortness of breath and feeling cold are the main symptoms of anemia. Anemia can be confirmed through blood tests and can be easily cured through medication and by improving diet contents.

Reynaud’s Disease: This disease directly impacts the circulation of blood. So people suffering from this disease often complain about feeling cold especially in their hands and feet.

Impaired Immunity: For people suffering from this condition, feeling cold is a norm even if the weather is not cold in fact even if it is very hot.

Side Effects of Medication: Certain medicines especially the beta blockers can make the patient feel cold all the time. They will usually feel cold in the limbs. Medicines given for angina, high blood pressure and severe migraine will have such content, which will lead to the feeling of numbness and cold.

Atherosclerosis and Anorexia Nervosa: The furring up of arteries in atherosclerosis, often leads to an individual feeling cold. Similarly a person suffering from anorexia nervosa will often feel cold along with weight loss. A doctor must be consulted if any other symptom is present along with feeling cold.

Stress, depression and anxiety will also make an individual to become vulnerable to feel cold even if everything else is going just fine.

Lifestyle Details for Feeling Cold

If you are always feeling cold, even if the weather is fairly warm, you need to analyze your lifestyle and change it accordingly. There won’t always be a medical condition behind you feeling cold. More often than not, it will be due to your poor eating habits, lethargic routine, unbalanced diet and a lack of proper exercise regime that cause the feeling of being cold. Find out how to manage and improve your lifestyle for a better and healthy living, below:

Balanced Diet: Intake of a proper balanced diet is paramount for a healthy and a happy life. Make sure to take a lot of fruits, leafy vegetables along with the right portion of meat and proteins. 70 percent of our body is water. So drinking ample amount of water is essential for maintaining our body and health. Don’t forget you are what you eat. So eat healthy to be healthy.

Exercise: Working out is very important to keep the body in a good condition. Imagine the body to be like a machine. If you don’t use it properly, it will start rusting and if you over use it, it will start deteriorating. You must exercise according to your lifestyle and routine. If you live a very busy life, take out 15-20 minutes for a quick jog in the park, or on a treadmill. Otherwise if you have enough time, start a proper exercising routine or yoga.

About the Author

Posted by: M.Isaac / Senior writer

A graduate in biological sciences and a PhD scholar, Isaac combines his vast experience with a keen and critical eye to create practical and inherently engaging content on the human body. His background as a researcher and instructor at a secondary school enables him to best understand the needs of the beginner level learners and the amateur readers and educate them about how their body works, and how they can adopt a healthier lifestyle.

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