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Baby, It's Cold Outside!

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

Winter—where the temperatures are dropping and the risk of injury is rising. The cold weather, snow, and ice are all ingredients that can cause a recipe for disaster. Hypothermia and falls are just some of the health risks you face during the long, cold days/nights of the winter season. All of these health risks are heightened with the older population.

 

Hypothermia is a condition where a person’s core body temperature becomes dangerously low, which is usually caused by prolonged exposure to cold temperatures. The normal temperature a person should maintain averages around 98.6 degrees. When a person is experiencing hypothermia, their core temperature has dropped below 95 degrees. Severe hypothermia is when their core temperature has reached 82 degrees or lower. A few risk factors that increase your chance of experiencing hypothermia include older age, diabetes, thyroid conditions, and even some medications.

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