What Does a Low Body Temperature of 96 Degrees Fahrenheit Mean?

Low body temperature can be normal for some patients, or it can signal problems such as diabetes, hypothyroidism, kidney failure or Addison’s disease, according to the Riverside Health System. A body temperature is not considered to be dangerously low until it falls below 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

Other conditions that can cause low blood temperature include hypothalamus dysfunction, liver failure or a widespread infection in the body, explains the Riverside Health System. Certain medications, excessive alcohol use and illicit drug consumption can also result in a low blood temperature.

A normal human body temperature ranges from 97.5 to 98.8 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the Riverside Health System. Hypothermia occurs when body temperature dips below 96 degrees Fahrenheit, notes Mayo Clinic.