Why Am I Excessively Sweating?

Answer: You may be having a thyroid problem. When the body is under stress, it releases more hormones and chemicals called catecholamines that can affect your ability to sweat. The most common cause of this type of sweating is hypothyroidism, or low thyroid function. Your doctor will test you for this condition with a simple blood test (T3 and T4) and possibly also with an ultrasound. If she finds something wrong with your thyroid gland(s), she’ll prescribe medication; if not, then you don’t have hypothyroidism and need no treatment at all! Incidentally, there’s another range of conditions that produce excessive sweating: hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid); diabetes; eclampsia – pregnancy-induced hypertension; eating disorders such as bulimia; menopause; endocrine tumors (malignant growths) in the pituitary gland or ovaries causing hyperprolactinemia (too much prolactin). There are other causes too numerous to list here but none are life threatening except perhaps fetal alcohol syndrome where the fetus’ liver fails to break down alcohol properly leading to overproduction of fatty acids which leads to insulin resistance causing fat storage in various areas including around the waistline!!

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