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Do Men Sweat More Than Women?

men sweat more than women

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  • The widespread notion that men sweat more than women may not be accurate; differences in sweating may have much more to do with body size than they do with sex
  • A person’s sex explained no more than 5 percent of the variances in individuals’ responses to heat, including sweating
  • Smaller men and women with more surface area per kilogram of body mass tended to cool down primarily by increasing blood flow to their skin — and less so by sweating
  • Larger people, both male and female, tended to sweat more

By Dr. Mercola

You're born with anywhere between 2 million and 4 million sweat glands, and the number of such glands will determine, in part, how much you sweat. While women generally have more sweat glands than men, it’s long been said that men's glands tend to be more active and produce more sweat.


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