We had a terribly cold December here in South Dakota and our heating bill reflected this…higher than it’s been since we moved here three years ago. Needless to say, we are wearing a few more layers in January and letting the house get a little cooler.
For those of you also not turning up the thermostat too much, the chillier temps do help promote faster metabolisms and potentially weight loss .
When external temperatures decrease the body has to work harder by expending more energy (i.e. calories) to maintain core body temperatures.
This isn’t new knowledge, but research continues to be conducted to determine the effects of temperature on weight loss.
Recently associate profession Dr. Wouter van Marken Lichtenbelt at Maastricht University Medical Center worked with a team to explore whether or not frequent exposure to mild cold temperatures would boost the body’s energy expenditure.
Studies have shown shivering to increase hea...
You can always tell who my son is. He is the one standing outside in 20 degree temperature in shorts and a t-shirt. He will tell you he isn't cold. For a long time I argued with him, insisting he wear a coat but as he got older, those arguments became less and less frequent. It isn't that I stopped caring whether he gets frostbite, of course, I do. But it is because I have come to accept that he doesn't have the same internal regulation of temperature as I do.
During the summer months, my son is extremely uncomfortable. He hates the heat. He feels sick, won't do anything, and becomes irritable. During the winter, he sleeps with the air conditioner on in his room. He rarely wears a coat. He never wears a hat and only wears gloves when he is shoveling snow.
For many children with autism and Asperger's syndrome (AS), hypersensitivities have a large impact on their lives. Many are hypersensitive to touch; disliking to be hugged, wearing only certain clothes. Others are sensi...
Hi Ginger, You said you went into DKA once because you were outside in the winter and the cold messed up your insulin. How cold does it have to be for that to happen? I snowboard a lot, but I was only diagnosed last March so I’m kinda worried about my pump. -Dan Hey Dan, Great question, because this is really important if you’re a snowboarder! When I was out in the cold that night stringing Christmas lights, my biggest mistake was that the insulin pump was only protected by the thin material in the pocket of my pants. I didn’t have it inside my coat or surrounded by snow pants – so of course, after being outside for longer than I planned to be, the zero degree weather killed the potency of my insulin. If I could go back in time, I would have done either of two different things: 1. At the very least, tuck my pump inside my jacket where it’s next to my body and therefore keeping much, much warmer from my body heat. or 2. I could have temporarily disconnected from ...
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