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A recent study indicates the maximum temperature that the human body is able to withstand.

The human body is not able to withstand any temperature… When it is too hot, and the body can no longer regulate itself (to sweat properly), humans can be victims of a “heat stroke”: there is fever, severe fatigue, violent headaches, thirst, nausea, dizziness, malaise… And this can lead to death. Recently, at the SEB Centenary Conference, scientists presented a study revealing the maximum that the human body can withstand.

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The limit has been placed between 40 and 50 degrees by the experts. If this type of temperature is not frequently reached in France, the heat kills before reaching that point on the thermometer: between June 1 and September 15 of each year, there have been just over 30,000 deaths since 2014. Most of those affected are over 75 (23,000) but they are not the only ones at risk from mercury.

Men and women are not equal when it comes to heat

The study explains that the impact on the cardiovascular system in the face of extreme heat is not identical in women and men. The latter would sweat more, which makes them more at risk of dehydration. Women, who generally have a lower BMI than men, feel the effects of heat more quickly. The researchers note that these aspects must be taken into account to understand the tolerable maximum for the organism, in particular to establish adequate working conditions.

July 2023 is the hottest month on record so far. In the south of the United States, in China or even in North Africa, the mercury reached 50 degrees.

Source: SEB Centenery Conference

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