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5 tips from U of L doctors for preventing hypothermia in bitter cold

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Health workers are warning every one to guard against the bitter cold moving into the area. 

At certain temperatures, even with a coat, hat and gloves on, your body could still lose heat quickly -- creating the perfect conditions for hypothermia.

Hypothermia happens when the body loses heat faster than it can produce it. A normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees. With a mild case of hypothermia it could drop to 95; in a severe case, 82.

This time of year, doctors at U of L Hospital see a number of cases -- more than 100 in the past few years. That kind of drop could lead to heart failure and even death.

"You'll get decreased alertness, you'll get people just start looking sleepy, they'll be confused, they'll act funny," Martin Huecker said. 

Doctors say the best advice is:

  1. Limit the time you're outside in bitter cold temperatures
  2. Wear plenty of layers
  3. Drink lots of warm fluids
  4. Avoid alcohol
  5. Avoid caffeine

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