7 Chilling Facts about Hypothermia

‘Tis the season for freezing your butt off, and in some cases in can be a lot worse than getting the shivers. Hypothermia is basically the deficit of your body’s heat production and the rate of heat it’s producing—if it can’t keep up, you’ve got a problem.

Hypothermia is often associated with falling in cold water, but it can happen in any cold conditions when you haven’t properly layered up. Even a seemingly small drop in your core temperature can lead to a life-threatening situation. Here are seven facts to know about hypothermia…

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1. Hypothermia Has Telltale Symptoms

Aside from shivering in an attempt to raise your body temperature, you may also experience symptoms go well beyond that. Hypothermia can affect your motor functions as well as your ability to speak properly, according to the Mayo Clinic.

You may also feel sick, tired, hungry, and dizzy—or a combination of those (although perhaps not sick and hungry at the same time). Your heart rate can increase. “Someone with hypothermia usually isn’t aware of his or her condition because the symptoms often begin gradually,” notes the source.

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