I agree with checking with your doctor. I know you said you are going to; I think you should have them test the thyroid too (last time I did a check-up they did it automatically). I know that is my problem when I get cold! Which is odd, because I can go outside in shorts in 20 degrees and not freeze (I worked outside for a LONG time). Enough about me! :)
It could be a low thyroid problem; that's the only thing I can think of.
I agree that you should check with your doctor since you have diabetes. Better safe than sorry.
My fiance started at 455 pounds and has lost over 100 pounds. He definitely sweats a lot less and lately he has been complaining about being cold! This is nuts because he's the type of guy who wears shorts in the winter. I even wound up buying him a pair of slippers to wear around the house because he said his feet were cold.
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240 3/12/13 2:57 P
Ever since I lost a big amount of weight 8 or so years ago I get cold very easily just as you do. My weight has gone up and back down too (pregnancy) and still it happens. Ive had thorough checkups and am fine so it can be considered normal for some people who have lost weight.
However in addition to having your diabetes checked on you should also look into having your thyroid checked.
3/11/13 1:39 P
I REALLY noticed the "feeling cold" very early on... for me I think it wasn't so much a "loss of the insulating fat layer" (as I was only down 10# or less when i first noticed the coldness), as a "loss of the heat-generating activity of digestion." I notice it a lot when i'm being extremely sedentary (sitting like a zombie at computer screen, couch-potato-ing in front of the tv), I would just get COLD.
What is funny, is, now that you mention it and I'm thinking about it, this Super Cold Feeling has sort of.. gone away a bit. I haven't jumped, teeth-chattering, into the shower or the hot tub in... a while! I guess I may be moving around a bit more, thus generating heat in other ways, or perhaps my body has just gotten used to the lower "digestion demands" being placed upon it.
3/11/13 1:32 P
You're cold now, but just imagine how much better you'll feel in the Summer! Extra weight makes me absolutely miserable on a 100 degree day. This year, that insulation you lost will be a blessing!
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Thank you all for the responses. I do have type 2 diabetes but it is under control. I take a multi-vitamin everyday but I will request a blood test the next time I visit my doctor.
3/11/13 11:40 A
If the check-up goes okay, and the cold is nothing to worry about, I'd suggest drinking some herbal tea throughout the day. There are no calories, and it can really warm you up. I do this all winter.
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3/11/13 11:35 A
Congrats of your weight loss!
I agree with Missruth you should have a complete check up.....cold hands and feet could also be signs of diabetes
Keep up the great job!!!
3/11/13 10:06 A
on your loss!!
As you've already figured out, fat is an insulator. So as we lose weight, it's not uncommon to not sweat as much as before. Plus the extra weight causes our bodies to work harder just to do normal daily activitiies. As we lose weight and get more fit, our bodies aren't expending all that energy to move the bulk. Pick up something that weighs 20 lbs (the amount you've lost already) and walk around a bit. Wow! You used to carry that much extra around all day, every day!
The cold hands thing. Now that could have some medical reasons. Low iron for example. If it's been a while since you've had a complete check-up, you might want to see your doctor. He'll probably run some blood work, to make sure you're not dificient in some area.
If all that's fine... how are you spacing out your eating during the day? Sometimes we eat fairly light during the day and then load up with a big dinner, which is okay if our calories etc work out alright for the day. But spacing out the calories a little more evenly over the course of the day, maybe including 2 small snacks as well as the standard breakfast-lunch-dinner, can help.
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57 3/11/13 9:46 A
Hey everyone. I joined weight watchers in January and I use it with SparkPeople to help me lose weight. I started out at around 400 lbs and so far I've lost 5% (378 lbs). I'm feeling great and I'm proud of my accomplishments so far but there's one concern. I used to sweat all the time and I was hardly ever cold. Now I don't sweat near as much (except for during exercise, of course) and I'm cold! I especially feel cold in my hands a lot now. Is this normal?
I know that my body is changing but I didn't expect this after just 20 lbs.