Why Do People Get Cold?


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Although some healthy adults may be more sensitive to cold than others, cold intolerance can also be a symptom of certain medical conditions like anemia, hypothyroidism and Raynaud's disease. Older people, who are in good health, can be more cold than others because as they age their metabolic response to cold is slower, as reported in the New York Times.

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In older adults, the aging process also can lead to the fat layers of the skin becoming thinner. There is also a decrease in circulation. This sensitivity to cold in these older people does not present a health risk, according to the New York Times. Some thin women may also experience cold intolerance, reports the National Institute of Health.

When individuals feel colder and have other symptoms, it could be one of a number of conditions, according to WebMD. For example, anemia presents with symptoms of feeling cold, pale looking skin and abnormal heartbeats.

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