The winter of 2018 has brought unexpectedly chilling weather, with freezing temperatures, throughout most of the southeastern parts of the United States. The prolonged frigid weather, especially in places like Florida where residents are not used to it, can be dangerous. This is especially true for aging adults who could be more harshly impacted by the extreme cold. There are things that might be going on inside your body that you're not aware of. Knowing about the dangers, and ways to prevent problems is very important. Here are five ways the after impact from the Noreaster and subsequent Bomb Cyclone could wreak havoc on your body.

The bomb cyclone could cause problems with blood flow and eyesight

The frigid temperatures resulting from the Noreaster and resulting bomb cyclone can be so extreme that they cause health problems, not normally considered, as a result of the Cold Weather. One looming danger with severe cold is to the eyes. Sustained exposure to cold temperatures may cause eye pain, blurred vision, double vision, sensitivity to light, and even temporary loss of eyesight.

A second way the extreme cold of the winter of 2018 can be dangerous is that it constricts blood vessels. This makes it difficult for the blood to flow to vital organs. Decreased blood flow can put you at risk for a heart attack and this is especially true for older adults.

The reason hands and feet get so cold is that the blood is being redirected towards the vital organs to keep them working properly. The next time your toes and fingers are tingling in freezing weather just remember that your organs are benefitting.

Cold weather burns calories impact your mood and cause fatigue

The third way frigid temperature impact your body is likely to be a welcome one in some cases.

Shivering from the cold actually causes the body to burn more calories which may aid in weight loss. The fourth and fifth curious impact, that have been known to result from prolonged exposure to freezing weather, are related to fatigue and mood swings. During the winter months, most people have a decreased exposure to sunlight which diminishes the supply of melatonin, as well as vitamin D, in the body.

This may result in a lack of sleep, fatigue, and irritability in the case of melatonin deficiency, and. painful muscles and fatigue where vitamin D is lacking.

The bottom line to dealing with the extreme temperatures that can occur in the winter is to keep warm. Make sure to wear appropriate clothing and layer up when appropriate. Use hats, scarfs, and gloves and wear extra socks. Most importantly, do your best not to be exposed for too long to freezing temperatures.