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Why Men Tend to Sweat More than Women

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In a deodorant commercial, perspiration is something to be avoided at all cost. However, in the gym, a good sweat is a sign of your workout's intensity. Everyone has their own unique level of perspiration and some people sweat more than others. But do men really perspire more than women? And if so, why?

The Reasons for Perspiration

As a person expends energy, perspiration is a natural response that cools the body's temperature. With regular physical training, the core temperature threshold for the sweating response's point of release is lowered. This is why an athlete can perform longer while participating in a sport. Overall, sweating is necessary to keep the body cool and prevent dehydration.

How do Women and Men Sweat?

Previous studies have shown that men tend to sweat more than women. During physical activity, the level of perspiration is significantly higher in men. A possible reason for the difference is that testosterone might boost the sweating. In both women and men, exercise improved the sweating response, but men were still releasing more on average. Generally, women have less body fluid than men, which means that dehydration could set in more easily. The reasons for the different sweat levels have been suggested as adaptation mechanisms. Women could have the advantage in the survival of a hot environment because their bodies perspire less. Men, on the other hand, might need a higher sweat rate to assist with labor. These are only theories that attempt to explain the variances in sweat production for women and men. Future research is being planned to examine the connection of reproductive hormones and the sweating response. A recent study looked at trained women and men along with untrained women and men. In order to be considered, "trained" for the study, the people had actively taken part in endurance sports for a number of years. Their perspiration was measured in five different areas of the body: the forehead, chest, back, forearm, and thigh. As the participants were placed in a room that was heated for an hour, the researchers monitored their sweat output. The results showed a greater rate of perspiration for the trained men and women. When the intensity level increased, the sweating patterns followed, and the distance between the sexes became more substantial. The men in the study did sweat more than the women, and out of all the groups, the untrained women had the least amount of sweating. For the researchers, this extended beyond a reinforcement of earlier studies. They concluded that the results were a sign of how the women's bodies required a higher temperature to start the sweating process. Since women might not sweat as easily, they should be careful when exercising and make sure to cool their body's temperature. Drinking the correct amount of liquids will help to avoid dehydration. Both women and men can benefit from exercising regularly before hot weather approaches. Their sweat response will be better from the conditioning. Although the above study only included 20 women and 17 men, the findings might suggest broader implications of how humans react to heat, especially women. Perspiration is still an individual action that varies from person to person.

Sources: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sweating-and-body-odor/DS00305

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sweating-and-body-odor/DS00305/DSECTION=causes

http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/news/20101012/why-women-work-harder-to-work-up-a-sweat

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