Is Your Sweat Normal?

Here on Oahu, we are no strangers to sweat. Between the humidity and the ever-summer, here in Kailua we are used to sweating. Do you ever notice someone sweating much more than you? Or even someone sweating much less? Don’t worry, everyone is born with anywhere between two and four million sweat glands that can directly affect the amount of sweat your body produces.

Sweating is the body’s way of getting rid of excess body heat. The amount of sweat that you have can be based on a lot of different factors. Some of these include:

Level of physical activity

Emotional state

Hydration level

Body temperature

Nerve stimulation

Caffeine Intake

Drinking Alcohol

Smoking

Non-Breathable fabric

According to a study that was publishes in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, found that fit men sweat significantly more than fit women. This study found that both men and women had the same amount of sweat glands active, but men were producing significantly more sweat in each gland then women were. The study also found that un-fit women sweat the least out of any group tested, even though their internal temperatures were rising.

As you become fit or athletic, your body will actually start sweating at a lower temperature. The sweat glands do this as a preventative measure against overheating. As soon as your body senses a temperature change, you might start sweating immediately, and you shouldn’t be surprised.

Now if you find yourself sweating a lot when you’re sitting still, in a cold environment, and not anxious at all, you may have a common condition called hyperhidrosis! This is also nothing to be ashamed of, if anything it’s a cosmetic problem! Be sure to visit your primary care physician to find out what treatments are available for you.

So, if you’re the “sweaty friend”, it’s not your fault. You may have more sweat glands than the people around you, or it may even mean that you are more physically active! Here at Oahu Spine & Rehab we are dedicated to making our patients have the highest quality of life possible, and this means a life that is pain-free. Call us today at OSR in Kailua to get more information or to set up a complimentary consultation at 488-5555 or contact us here!

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References:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20696786

http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Why-Some-People-Sweat-More-Than-Others-145870

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