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Posted on: 04-01-16
Men and women sweat differently

Men and women sweat in different patterns. An average adult male produces approximately four times more sweat per day than women of the same age. According to a research published in the journal Experimental Physiology, men are more effective sweaters than women during exercise. For women to start sweating, they have to exercise at a higher intensity. Although the real reason behind this is still unknown, there are a number of speculations and theories. While some attribute this to the evolutionary process, some others.

There are two different types of sweat glands in our body. One is the Eccrine sweat glands while the other is the Apocrine sweat glands. The Eccrine sweat glands are responsible for producing "water sweat" which is basically composed of water and salt. They are found all over the body but concentrated mostly around the face, feet and hands. The Apocrine glands, on the other hand, are found only in areas where hair follicles are present like your armpits.

Sweating is one of those bodily functions that seem uncomplicated, but it remains not fully understood by physiologists, at least in terms of how (and why) gender affects the process. “We know that fitness changes the sweating response,” said Timothy Cable, Ph.D., a professor of exercise physiology at John Moores University in Liverpool, England, who has extensively studied female athletes and how they perspire. As someone becomes more fit, his or her body begins to sweat at a lower body temperature. This is important, because “the body has a critical core temperature,” Dr. Cable said, which occurs at about 104 degrees, after which the brain simply “shuts down the motor cortex.” Unbidden, your legs stop churning and you curl up on the sidewalk until your core temperature drops (or a kind passerby calls 911). Sweating delays the onset of this critical heat build up by dissipating the excess heat through evaporation. If you start to sweat at a lower temperature and increase your sweating rate as you get hotter during hard exercise, you’re less likely to reach the critical temperature

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