Thursday, March 13, 2008

Thermoregulation in humans

Thermoregulation is an essential aspect of human homeostasis. Humans have been capable of adapt to a great diversity of climates, together with hot humid and hot arid. High temperatures cause serious stresses for the human body, placing it in great danger of hurt or even death. To deal with these climatic conditions, humans have urbanized physiologic and cultural modes of adaptation.

The skin assists in homeostasis (keeping different aspects of the body unvarying e.g. temperature). It does this by reacting in a different way to hot and cold conditions in order that the inner body temperature remains more or less constant. Vasodilatation and sweating are the primary modes by which humans attempt to lose excess body heat. The effectiveness of these methods is inclined by the character of the climate and the degree to which the individual is acclimatized.

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