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Characterization of passive whole-body heat stress responses in obese and non-obese adults

Primary aging is associated with impairments in the body's responses to heat stress. Additionally, higher body mass may be associated with reduced tolerance to heat stress. Adults over the age of 65 are the most at-risk population for heat-related illness; however, less is known about the development of such vulnerability in middle-aged adults. This study aims to characterize heat stress responses in middle-aged adults (aged 40-65 yrs) with body mass index (BMI)>30 and BMI<25 during whole-body heating.
S. Tony Wolf at or 814-863-8557
18 year(s) or older
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Inclusion Criteria:
Aged 40-65 years
Body mass index <25 or >30
Exclusion Criteria:
Pregnant or planning to become pregnant in next 12 months
Concurrently participating in another study involving physical activity or weight loss
Medicine that could alter cardiovascular or thermoregulatory responses
Tobacco use
Illegal/recreational drug use
Heart & Vascular
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State College, PA