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Myth or Fact: Men Sweat More Than Women

Have you ever noticed how many things that are good to do, make you sweat? Going for a jog. Taking a bike ride. Paddling your kayak. Now, some women say they don’t sweat… they “glow.” But do men really sweat more that women?

A lot of variables come into play in the battle of the sweats. Age, type of activity, body temperature and size, and the outside temperature to name a few.

Generally speaking, men and women have the same number of sweat glands, about two million. Two main types of sweat glands exist — eccrine and apocrine.

Eccrine sweat glands vary in density. They’re found all over the body and are the main form of cooling for humans.

Apocrine sweat glands are the other type. They’re found in areas such as the arm pit, ears and eyelids. Before puberty, aprocine glands are inactive. But after puberty, these glands tend to be more active in times of stress or exertion.

Both men and women have both types of glands, but does either gender sweat more?

Generally speaking, men come out on top in the sweat race. A 2010 study by the journal Experimental Physiology confirmed that men generally sweat more than their female counterparts. Men also sweat more efficiently.

Of course, we’re not all the same, and we don’t sweat the same. But next time you’re asked who sweats more – it’s accurate to say men usually do sweat more than women. And women glow more than men.

Meet the Author

Todd R. Nelson, MD is a family medicine physician at Aurora Burlington Clinic in Burlington, WI.

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