Does Obesity Have Anything to do With Hyperhidrosis?
The answer is no. Obesity is a combination of Western lifestyle, diet, and genetics. We know that hyperhidrosis is the result of a genetic trait. Any patient can be genetically predisposed to different illnesses.
Studies have shown that more than 50% of patients with hyperhidrosis have a family history of the condition. We are aware of the gene responsible for hyperhidrosis. However, manipulating this gene is not possible with current technology.
Patients who are excessively obese can pose two additional problems. First, an operation on obese patients is more difficult. This is due to the fact that fatty tissue surrounds many of the nerves.
Second, obese patients have a bigger body surface area and hands that contain additional sweat glands. Their chance of having severe compensatory sweating is higher.
Does Being Skinny Have Anything to do With Hyperhidrosis?
No, there are patients who are skinny and suffer from hyperhidrosis. At the same time, a lot of patients who have a normal height-weight ratio are thin. There is no evidence that hyperhidrosis causes any kind of hypermetabolic effect, in which patients could potentially lose weight because of their excessive sweating.
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