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Do Women Feel the Cold More Than Men?

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

do women feel the cold more than men

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  • Data show that factors specific to women may drive their core body temperature slightly higher than a man's, effectively changing the way they experience cold air and making them feel colder than a man at the same temperature
  • For more than 100 years, 98.6 Fahrenheit (37 Celsius) has been considered the normal body temperature, but new data show a normal oral temperature is slightly lower; women normally have slightly higher temperatures than men
  • Body temperature is lower in the morning and higher in the late afternoon, suggesting normal temperature is flexible
  • Moving into cold and flu season, it's helpful to have a grasp on your normal body temperature range and how to reduce inflammatory responses associated with these viral illnesses
  • One recent animal study showed eating a ketogenic diet could reduce the potential for getting sick and may lessen the effects if you do get sick

Your body uses a complex thermoregulatory system to maintain a homeostatic body temperature, protecting your heart and other organs as well as your circulatory and immune systems. For more than 100 years, a normal internal body temperature has been defined as 98.6 Fahrenheit (37 Celsius). 

However, this “normal” temperature is affected by the time of day, your environment, your hydration status and whether you’ve been exercising, to name a few variables. Your temperature is regulated by the hypothalamus, a small portion of the brain located between the pituitary gland and the thalamus. 

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