A 31-year-old male asked:
what causes low body temperature in an adult?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Lonna Larsh answered
29 years experience Family Medicine
Hormone problems: An underactive thyroid is the most common and easily treatable cause. Other hormones can affect temperature as well. Women generally have a higher body temperature after ovulation due to the effects of progesterone. Addison's disease (not enough adrenal hormones), liver disease and diabetes can all lower body temperature. Hypothermia (prolonged exposure to the cold) will lower body temp as well.
Answered on Aug 12, 2020
Dr. Colin Kerr answered
43 years experience Family Medicine
Low body temperature: The vast majority of low temperatures in adults are actually normal. We say 98.6 is the normal temperature, but actually normal is a range from approximately 97 to 99. The rare pathologic and clinically significant causes of low body temperature are hypothyroidism, hypothermia, severe infection in the blood stream, shock, and the period just after a high fever (often your body overcools itself).
Answered on Apr 15, 2020
Dr. Susan Rhoads answered
37 years experience Family Medicine
New Normal? 97.5: Dr, Larsh is correct in her answer. But there is also a new study that states the human body temperature "normal" should be 97.5. This study was published right before the COVID-19 pandemic, so has not gotten a lot of press after the first weeks. But it is something worth considering. Other studies likely needed. See https://tinyurl.com/y9udbghw
Answered on Jun 23, 2020
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