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A 31-year-old male asked:

What causes low body temperature in an adult?

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Dr. Lonna Larsh
Family Medicine 32 years experience
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.
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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 46 years experience
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).
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What causes low body temperature in adults?

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Dr. Ruth Spector
Critical Care 37 years experience
Variety: Hypothermia or low body temperature can be caused by endocrine disorders, most commonly hypothyroid , infection or exposure to prolonged elements. The thyroid is responsible for our temperature regulation and our metabolism, among other things. Low circulating levels of the active compound can make us feel weak, cold, gain weight , etc. More commonly in elders they have hypothermia with infection.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

Common causes of low body temperature?

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Dr. Jennifer Letourneau
Critical Care 23 years experience
Many: Low body temperature may be due to exposure to cold conditions, infections that lead to sepsis, use of alcohol or other drugs in the setting of cold conditions, adrenal, pituitary, or thyroid gland dysfunction, acute brain injuries such as stroke or trauma, spinal cord injury, or brain tumor. Low body temperature is defined as body temperature less than 36 degrees celcius or 95 degrees farenheit.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

What could a low body temperature indicate?

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Dr. Dennis Clifford
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45 years experience
Hypothermia: Low body temperature can be environmental due to exposure, particularly wet cold conditions. Hypothyroidism is the most common metabolic condition associated with a low body temperature.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

Should i be concerned about my low body temperature?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 39 years experience
See your doctor: Its worth having your doctor take a look just to be safe.
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Is it wrong if I have low body temperature?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 51 years experience
How low?: A temperature slightly, up to 1 degree F, lower than the "normal" is okay if you have no symptoms. You may consult this site for more information on this topic: http://www.webmd.com/first-aid/body-temperature For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex.
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Last updated Aug 12, 2020

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