Harvard Study connects body temperature with illness and mortality risk

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A new Harvard Medical School study shows a clear connection between our individual body temperature and our physiology and health.

If our body temperature goes way beyond 37° C then we have fever and feel sick. But what hasn’t been paid attention to are the minor changes in body temperature we experience on a daily basis and according to our physical condition.

Researchers even found a connection to our mortality risk.

Over 250.000 body temperature measurements were taken from 35.000  healthy individuals and to the researchers surprise they found data they’ve absolutely not expected.

Body heat changes constantly during the day or with hormonal fluctuations. Even our age or BMI will affect the temperature: For example with age our body temperature values goes down, and with higher BMI (Body-Mass-Index) it goes up.

What’s interesting is that our body always tries to stay within the normal range of 35.7° to 37.3° Celsius (the average was 36.6°).

And what’s most important is that our organs and bio-chemical processes function only with a stable normal core temperature.

The higher the temperature, the higher the risk.

Lead researcher Ziad Obermeyer found that with a higher temperature the mortality risk goes up drastically. The assumption was that this is caused by increased inflammation.

Health professionals around the world start to pay more attention to the body temperature and use new technology like ThermoBuzzer, a brand-new mobile thermography imaging system, to monitor inflammation, stress, under/over function in metabolism in their clients and use lifestyle modifications (nutrition, stress management, fitness) to increase wellness and vitality.

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Harvard Research Summary