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Extreme Cold

Recognizing, Preventing, and Treating Cold-Related Illness

When exposed to cold temperatures, your body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced. Prolonged exposure to cold will eventually use up your body’s stored energy. The result is hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature. Body temperature that is too low affects the brain, making the victim unable to think clearly or move well. This makes hypothermia particularly dangerous because a person may not know it is happening and won’t be able to do anything about it.

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Individuals Most at Risk

Victims of cold-related illness are most often elderly people with inadequate food, clothing, or heating...

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