(HealthDay News) -- Hypothermia results when your body temperature drops dangerously low.
The Mayo Clinic explains these risk factors:
- Being elderly or being a very young child or infant, as age can affect the way your body controls its temperature.
- Having a mental illness or dementia that affects judgment and ability to properly dress to protect against cold.
- Using alcohol or drugs, which may interfere with your ability to tell that you are too cold.
- having a medical condition that affects the body's ability to regulate temperature, including a thyroid problem, Parkinson's disease, spinal cord problems, stroke and more.
- Taking a medication that affects the way the body manages temperature, including antidepressants, pain medications and antipsychotics.