With record-breaking cold weather sending single digit temperatures in most of the country, its important to stay warm. Prolonged exposure to the cold will eventually use up your body’s stored energy and can lead to hypothermia. If gone untreated, hypothermia can lead to death.
From 1999 to 2011, a total of 16,911 deaths in the United States, an average of 1,301 per year, were associated with exposure to excessive natural cold. The highest yearly total of hypothermia-related deaths (1,536) was in 2010 and the lowest (1,058) in 2006. Approximately 67% of hypothermia-related deaths were among males.
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