Cold hands and feet — especially in older people — also can be caused by PAD, which occurs when arteries become narrowed or blocked as plaque gradually forms inside the artery walls. PAD can affect people age 50 or older with a history of diabetes or smoking, while anyone age 70 or older generally should be screened.
Cold intolerance is a well known symptom of hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormones. These hormones help regulate metabolism and temperature. When the thyroid is not producing enough thyroid hormones, the body’s processes tend to slow down.
Increased cold sensitivity is a normal part of aging, but it can also be a sign of a health problem. Older adults have a thinner layer of fat under the skin, making them more susceptible to cold. Conditions like diabetes, peripheral artery disease and kidney disease can restrict blood flow and lower body temperature.
Causes of a persistent feeling of cold
Hypothermia is defined as having a core body temperature below 95 degrees. Someone suffering from hypothermia may show one or more of the following signs: slowed or slurred speech, sleepiness or confusion, shivering or stiffness in the arms and legs, poor control over body movements or slow reactions, or a weak pulse.
“This discovery has implications for how we perceive hot and cold temperatures and for why people with certain forms of chronic pain, such as neuropathic pain, or pain arising as direct consequence of a nervous system injury or disease, experience heightened responses to cold temperatures,” says Mark J.
Yes, that means chills can be a sign of COVID- 19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but chills aren’t an immediate indicator of having the virus.
Early symptoms of frontotemporal dementia may include: personality changes – reduced sensitivity to others’ feelings, making people seem cold and unfeeling.
Several factors can lead to a lower body temperature in older people. For instance, as you age, you lose fat under the skin in your extremities and your skin becomes drier; both of these changes cause loss of body heat. Metabolism, which also generates heat, tends to slow as you age.
Lack of vitamin B12 and iron deficiency can cause anemia and lead you to feel cold. Good sources of B12 are chicken, eggs and fish, and people with iron deficiency may want to seek out poultry, pork, fish, peas, soybeans, chickpeas and dark green leafy vegetables.
Body chills are commonly caused by cold external temperatures, or changing internal temperatures, such as when you have a fever. When you have chills without a fever, causes may include low blood sugar, anxiety or fear, or intense physical exercise.
Extreme hypotension can result in this life-threatening condition. Signs and symptoms include: Confusion, especially in older people. Cold, clammy, pale skin.
Cold sensations and chills are actually a common physical symptom of anxiety. Yet another interesting physical effect of anxiety is its ability to alter how our body temperature feels.
The body starts to slow down as the temperature drops. If the person stops shivering, it can be a sign that their condition is getting worse. The individual is at risk of lying down, falling asleep, and dying.
First aid for hypothermia: Cover the person completely with foil or a space blanket, or use your own body heat to help warm him/her. Use warm compresses on the neck, chest, and groin. Give warm, sweet fluids. (Any fluids given should be nonalcoholic, as alcohol interferes with the blood’s circulation.)