Why do people get very cold shortly before death?

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In summary, as the body approaches death, the circulatory system begins to shut down, causing a decrease in body temperature. This can also be due to the body's natural response to conserve energy. Feeling excessively cold or experiencing chills can be a sign of impending death and is a common symptom before death. Providing warmth and emotional support can help make the person more comfortable, but seeking medical attention may also be necessary.
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Why do terminally ill people become very cold hours before death?
 
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Why do terminally ill people become very cold hours before death?
Please post the scientific research that states this.
 

1. Why do people feel cold before death?

As the body approaches death, the circulatory system starts to shut down, causing blood to flow less efficiently and leading to a decrease in body temperature. This can also be attributed to the body's natural response to conserve energy and focus on essential functions.

2. Can feeling cold be a sign of impending death?

Yes, feeling excessively cold or experiencing chills can be a sign that the body is shutting down in preparation for death. It is important to monitor other symptoms and seek medical attention if necessary.

3. Why does the body temperature drop before death?

As mentioned before, the body's circulatory system slows down and the body's natural response to conserve energy contributes to the drop in body temperature. In addition, the body's metabolism also slows down, which produces less heat and leads to a decrease in body temperature.

4. Is feeling cold a common symptom before death?

Yes, feeling cold or experiencing chills is a common symptom before death. However, it is important to note that not everyone will experience this symptom and it may vary depending on the individual's health and cause of death.

5. How can we help someone who is feeling cold before death?

Providing warmth through blankets or warm clothing can help make the person more comfortable. It is also important to provide emotional support and ensure they are in a peaceful and comfortable environment. If necessary, seek medical attention for proper care and assistance.

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