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How can I stay warm in cold weather?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
No one would go coatless when the mercury's sub-zero, but we're amazed by how often people underdress when the thermometer's in the 30s. You can lose so much body heat that you wind up in the ER, shivering uncontrollably, unable to warm up. It's called hypothermia and it can be scary, even fatal.

If you're headed out to watch the kids ice skate or cheer on a snowshoe marathon, wear extra layers. Adding or subtracting layers lets you regulate your body temperature, so you don't get deep-chilled or overheated and sweaty (also risky in cold weather). If you absolutely have to go out in a snowstorm, take a warm blanket and some bags of nuts or energy bars in case your car gets stuck.

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