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As we get older, we are more susceptible to feeling cold. First of all, some seniors are less active than they used to be and do not generate as much body heat. In addition, with age, we become more vulnerable to hypothermia (low heat) in which the body’s temperature drops below normal for an extended period of time. This often happens because the system that regulates one’s internal temperature responds too slowly to changes in external temperature. So even mildly cold weather or air conditioning can cause problems.
In some cases, there may be days when a person just can’t seem to get warm, even if the weather is hot. These symptoms of chills, shivers and cold sweats are warnings that the body is dealing with a problem. (See the list below.) Heed “cold” warnings. Talk to your doctor about possible causes and what you can do to warm up.
There are various illnesses and issues that can make a senior more sensitive to cold and/or feel cold. Here are some of them.
There are also numerous illnesses and issues that may have cold sweats as a symptom. Here are some of them.
When there is an infection in your body (flu, sore throat, etc), the immune system produces lots of infection-fighting white blood cells. The body’s thermostat (the hypothalamus) then turns up the heat (fever/pyrexia). There are 3 stages to a fever.