When it comes to the human body, there are lots of numbers to keep track of: blood pressure, weight, blood sugar, body mass index and so on. But there’s one number everyone knows—the average human body temperature. It’s 98.6 degrees – always has been and always will be, right?
Not so fast, according to a team of Stanford University researchers who recently published a study that suggests the human body temperature is dropping and is now closer to 97.5 degrees.
So is that 1.1-degree difference something to get heated up about? We asked Dr. Gerald Harmon, vice president of medical affairs for Tidelands Health and a longtime family medicine physician in our region, for his thoughts about what it means.