Feeling cold can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'life-threatening'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose feeling cold, we could:
|Anorexia/Starvation Tendency||2%||Ruled out|
|Seasonal Affective Disorder||0%||Ruled out|
|Chronic Infection||0%||Ruled out|
|Drug Side-Effects||0%||Ruled out|
|Panic Attacks||0%||Ruled out|
How often do you feel cold for no apparent reason? This question refers to your whole body, not just hands and feet.
Possible responses:→ Don't know / hands and feet only
→ Never / less than once a year
→ Occasionally - several times a year
→ Regularly - several times a month
Certain medications – such as those prescribed for hypertension, angina, or migraine – can cause feelings of being cold because beta blockers may reduce the circulation in the extremities while increasing blood circulation to the heart.
Underweight people often feel cold due to having less fat and muscle mass. Body fat acts as insulation to keep the body warm; muscle activity generates heat.
The coldness caused by diabetic hypoglycemia is usually accompanied by weakness and, in severe cases, disorientation and fainting.
As a result of fasting, skipping meals or eating too little, the body will try to conserve energy by producing less body heat, thus reducing your body temperature.
Vitamin B-complex deficiency is known to cause feelings of internal coldness as your core body temperature dips.