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DawnStorm
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Someone mentioned this last night (dog park gathering): that if you don't exercise during the winter and then start up again in the spring, you're more prone to heat exhaustion because your sweat glands have shut down due to lack of use. The woman didn't have a cite (she THINKS she saw it in the Washington Post's Health section), and as none of us had heard that one before, I said I'd check Snopes.com. I searched both the forum and the reference page and nothing came up. Sounds impossible to me.

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I sweat all the time in winter, and it has nothing to do with working out. Heat up too high? Under too many blankets? A fever breaking? Walking indoors with your jacket on?

Has she never encountered any of these conditions? Or, rather, she's been in these situations and never sweat? [Eek!]

It's utter claptrap, IMO.

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The reason you're more prone to heat exhaustion in the spring is because you're body isn't as adapted to hot weather than it is in the summer. Over time (and it usually takes a few weeks), your body will gradually adjust to the heat.

If your sweat glands shut down at any time, I think you'd be in serious trouble.

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I admit I don't know much about this subject, but there might be a miniscule grain of truth in what she's saying. I have noticed that the human body "gets used to" heat gradually, becoming more and more efficient at cooling itself, and one of the ways it does that is by sweating. Of course the sweat glands don't shut down in winter, but maybe they get a little sluggish?

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Sweat glands never 'shut down'. As Pseudo said, if they did, you'd be in serious trouble.
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Heat stroke, not exhaustion, is related to the body not being able to cool itself. When you have heat stroke, you do not sweat, and you become seriously hyperthermic.

If you are suffering from heat exhaustion, you will be somewhat hyperthermic, but will be sweating profusely. If you don't cool down, it can lead to heat stroke.

But sweat glands don't stop working from lack of work, as it were.

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A simple observational test. Look at people who don't do exercise, do they ever sweat? If the answer is yes then this is a total fallacy.

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Seems to me that the only thing you'd have to worry about over the winter is your muscles getting flabby from lack of exercise. You don't do squat all winter, then the first warm day, you're a weekend warrior. First back to work, you're a hurting cowboy. [Frown]
Next time I see the woman, I'll tell her that the consensus here is that what she read is bullhockey.

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I don't sweat properly, and so I have to be very careful about getting heat stroke. I have to gradually exercise or gradually warm up because it takes about 30 minutes from when I first notice I am getting hot to when I start sweating. I do get used to exercise and start sweating sooner the more often I exercise, but I don't have the same improvement the more often I am around heat. No matter how many days in a row it is hot, if I am inside where it is air conditioned and I go outside where it is hot I don't start sweating for around 30 minutes.

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