Skip to content
    Font Size

    Why Am I Cold?

    Do you find yourself shivering when no one else is? Although you might just have a natural tendency to be cold, there are also a variety of conditions that could explain your chill.

    Could It Be Anemia?

    Anemia happens when your system can't make enough normal red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout your body. There are a number of different types of anemia. A tendency to feel cold is a common symptom for many of them.

    Other symptoms of anemia:

    • Fatigue
    • Looking pale
    • Irregular heartbeats

    Could It Be Hypothyroidism?

    Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland at the base of your neck. It helps to regulate your metabolism -- the chemical reactions that maintain the body. If this gland does not make enough thyroid hormone, or if your body cannot process that hormone effectively, you may become hypothyroid.

    Besides feeling cold, other symptoms of hypothyroidism include:

    Could It Be a Blood Vessel Problem?

    If you feel cold in your hands and feet, you may have a blood vessel disorder in which blood flow to your arms and legs is restricted.

    Blood vessel problems include conditions such as:

    • Clotting disorders
    • Arteriosclerosis (narrowing of blood vessels)
    • Raynaud's disease (spasms of narrowing arteries to the fingers and toes)

    Besides feeling cold, symptoms of blood vessel problems include:

    • White or blue coloring in fingers and toes
    • Tingling, throbbing, or numbness in your arms and legs
    • Clammy and cold skin

    Could It Be Diabetes?

    The kidney damage that happens as a result of diabetes is known as diabetic nephropathy. One symptom of diabetic nephropathy is feeling cold all the time.

    Other symptoms of diabetic nephropathy include:

    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Itchiness
    • Loss of appetite
    • Shortness of breath
    • Confusion
    • Swelling in the face, feet or hands

    Could It Be Anorexia?

    This is a type of eating disorder. People with anorexia become dangerously thin because of an extreme worry about gaining weight.

    Feeling cold is one of the symptoms of having anorexia. Other symptoms:

    • You are 15% or more below typical body weight for your height.
    • You are constantly thinking about your weight.
    • You have not had a period for three months or more.

    Hot Topics

    WebMD Video: Now Playing

    Click here to wach video: Dirty Truth About Hand Washing

    Which sex is the worst about washing up? Why is it so important? We’ve got the dirty truth on how and when to wash your hands.

    Click here to watch video: Dirty Truth About Hand Washing

    Popular Slideshows & Tools on WebMD

    disciplining a boy
    Types, symptoms, causes.
    fruit drinks
    Eat these to think better.
    embarrassed woman
    Do you feel guilty after eating?
    diabetes supply kit
    Pack and prepare.
    Balding man in mirror
    Treatments & solutions.
    birth control pills
    Which kind is right for you?
    Remember your finger
    Are you getting more forgetful?
    sticky notes on face
    10 tips to clear your brain fog.
    Close up of eye
    12 reasons you're distracted.
    Trainer demonstrating exercise for RA
    Exercises for your joints.
    apple slices with peanut butter
    What goes best with workouts?
    Pink badge on woman chest to support breat cancer
    Myths and facts.

    Pollen counts, treatment tips, and more.

    It's nothing to sneeze at.

    Loading ...

    Sending your email...

    This feature is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later.


    Now check your email account on your mobile phone to download your new app.

    Women's Health Newsletter

    Find out what women really need.