Many people get cold hands or feet, which often are
bothersome but not a serious health problem. You are more likely to feel cold
easily if you:
Do not have much body fat. Fat under the skin
helps keep you warm. People who have low body fat may be more likely to get
hypothermia. Babies, older or ill adults, or malnourished people have low body
Smoke cigarettes or drink caffeine. Nicotine (from tobacco)
and caffeine cause narrowing of the blood vessels in the hands and feet. When
blood vessels are narrowed, less blood flows to these areas, causing the hands
and feet to feel cold.
Are under a lot of stress or feel tired.
Chronic stress or anxiety can cause your nervous system to release adrenaline,
which acts to narrow the blood vessels that supply blood to the hands and
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 14, 2014
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