What Causes Too Much Sweating?

A: The most common cause of excessive sweating is hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid, or an overactive thyroid gland). I get this one all the time.

However, it can also be caused by adrenal insufficiency. This condition occurs when our own adrenal glands fail to produce sufficient amounts of two important hormones — Cortisol and DHEA-S. These are produced in response to stressful situations like illness or exercise because they help us cope with that stress. When we become chronic sufferers of these conditions, we “steal” their production from our other glands so much so that they never have enough cortisol and DHEA-S for normal duty! We then experience very little ability to cope with stress or hypoglycemia because our body does not respond normally anymore. This will usually show up as a runny nose, irritability and elevated blood sugar levels associated with either too much cortisol being made OR inadequate DHEA being made from the pituitary gland (“adrenals”). In severe cases you may not even be able to sweat at all! It’s a vicious cycle…

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