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Health Tip: Are You at Risk for Hypothermia?

Age and mental health can play a role

(HealthDay News) -- Hypothermia results when your body temperature drops dangerously low.

The Mayo Clinic explains these risk factors:

  • Being elderly or being a very young child or infant, as age can affect the way your body controls its temperature.
  • Having a mental illness or dementia that affects judgment and ability to properly dress to protect against cold.
  • Using alcohol or drugs, which may interfere with your ability to tell that you are too cold.
  • having a medical condition that affects the body's ability to regulate temperature, including a thyroid problem, Parkinson's disease, spinal cord problems, stroke and more.
  • Taking a medication that affects the way the body manages temperature, including antidepressants, pain medications and antipsychotics.

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