It’s normal to feel cold this time of year. But if you constantly feel chilly when other people don’t, there might be a reason. Here are six possibilities . . .
- You have an underactive thyroid. Which zaps your energy and makes you gain weight. But your thyroid also helps regulate your body temperature. So when your metabolism is slow, it can make you feel cold all the time.
- You might be anemic. Not having enough iron or B-12 in your blood can make you anemic, which can make you feel cold. Other symptoms include fatigue, lightheadedness, rapid heart rate, and shortness of breath.
- You’re getting older. Your body’s ability to conserve heat starts declining around age 60, because your metabolism slows down. So older people are more likely to feel cold.
- You have poor circulation. If that’s the case, your feet and hands might feel cold a lot. Heart disease and smoking are two of the most common reasons for poor circulation.
- You have anxiety. Studies have found that people with anxiety tend to feel colder than other people. Basically, it’s because your brain gets sidetracked when you’re anxious, and can’t regulate your body temperature as well.
- You’re a woman. Testosterone can dull the sensitivity of one of the main cold receptors in our skin. So guys are less likely to feel cold. . . Sorry ladies.