Why women always seem colder than men
Women have a higher percentage of body fat and conserve more heat around the core, which helps keep vital organs warm, but not extremities. And when your hands and feet feel cold, so does the rest of your body, Kathryn Sandberg, director of the Center for the Study of Sex Differences in Health, Aging and Disease at Georgetown University, told Reader’s Digest. Research also indicates that women have a lower threshold for cold than men. When women and men are exposed to the same freezing temperature, blood vessels in women’s fingers constrict more than men’s do, which is why they turn white more quickly. Don’t miss these 12 ways your body deals with cold temperatures.
Your temperature is not 98.6 degrees
That gold standard number came from measurements on thousands of patients calculated by German physician Carl Reinhold August Wunderlich in the 19th century—but more recent research has proved that number wrong, according to Real Clear Science. Using far more accurate thermometers, University of Maryland researchers found that the average body temperature is closer to 98.2 °F. But for what it’s worth, your temperature at any given time is unlikely to be 98.2 degrees exactly. As the site explains, “Your body’s temperature fluctuates throughout the day, from roughly 97.6 °F at six in the morning to 98.5 °F at six in the evening. In fact, a temperature as high as 99.5 °F is still considered healthy.”