Which organ of your body accounts for as much as 15% of your total bodyweight?
The answer to this question is more likely to surprise you than not.
That’s because this organ is full of surprises — both good and bad.
For example: did you know this organ is more likely to get cancer than any other in the human body …
… or that this organ disposes of about 2 cups of fluid a day to keep it healthy …
… or that this organ will lose about 40 pounds of it’s own cell material over the course of an average lifetime?
So, which organ is this?
Have you guessed?
Are your sure?
Let’s see if you are right …
The Largest Organ of Your Body Sheds About 40 Pounds of Cells In An Average Lifetime.
By definition, an organ is a collection of millions of cells grouped together to perform single functions in your body.
Based on that, medical science has identified 78 different organs in the human body, each with its own size, function and actions.
Of those 78 organs, SKIN is the largest with respect to size and weight.
A fascinating organ, your skin joins with you hair and nails to form what is called your integumentary system.
The word, integumentary is originally from the Latin word, integumentum, meaning “covering.”
Aside from that bit of trivia, you may find these facts interesting:
- Skin is your largest organ
- You lose fat though it via sweat
- It contains 7 layers of different thicknesses
- Your eyelids have the thinnest skin
- Your heals and palms of your hands have the thickest skin surfaces
- It sheds about 40 pounds of skin cels in an average lifetime
- It covers up to 22 square feet
- You lose about 2 cups of sweat a day during normal activity, 14 cups in a week, 11.5 gallons per year, 897 gallons in an average lifetime (age 78)
Most important for you to know is how essential your skin is to your immunity.
Sure, the outer layer is water-resistant, excretes wastes and sweat, and keeps your body fluids balanced and temperature regulated, but it’s also one of the most vulnerable organs in your body.
And with summer coming up, it’s vital for you to know that, according to www.skincancer.org …
- Each year in the US, nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer.61 In 2006, in the most recent study available, 3.5 million cases were diagnosed in 2.2 million people.
- Each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon.
- Treatment of nonmelanoma skin cancers increased by nearly 77 percent between 1992 and 2006.
- Over the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.
- One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
I think you’ll agree with me that’s completely impossible to ignore, and vital information remind you to keep you skin protected in the upcoming summer season.
Be save and healthy my friends,