Monday, June 26, 2017

Men Sweat More Than Women

Men Sweat More Than Women & What Can Be Done About It

Men are known for being the smellier, sweatier sex. But is this really true? We tackled the question of why men sweat more than women.

A study was conducted measuring the sweat rate and sweat gland activity of 37 men and women, the answer is yes. In the study, men and women of a similar weight cycled at varying intensities for an hour while perspiration was measured on their forehead, chest, back, forearm and thighs. 

Men and women who were trained and not trained in cycling accounted for the sweating impact of physical endurance. The women had just as many sweat glands activated during the workout but the results revealed that men are more efficient sweaters than women sweating more heavily and at a lower temperature. It's important to understand what these differences mean and how to deal with your sweating or lack-there-of.


Different factors influence how much sweat men and women produce like weight, level of physical fitness, temperature and genetics. Women have just as many active sweat glands as men but they produce more sweat per gland than women do this is why men sweat more.

Men tend to also be heavier and have more muscle mass. When there is an increase in mass it produces more heat when working out, causing men to sweat more. Your sweat rate depends on how many sweat glands your body activates and the volume of sweat produced by each.

But there are other factors at play. The study monitored participants while they exercised; it also shed light on how physical endurance influences sweat rates for both men and women.

It’s important to know what the ability to sweat says about your body. Your endurance level also dictates how well you take the heat.

As you become fit, you begin sweating at a lower temperature to anticipate the intense workout you’re about to endure and better regulate internal temperature. It’s no surprise that 
the trained participants sweated considerably more than the untrained subjects of both sexes, proving that regular exercise can make you sweat more over time.

The untrained women sweated the least amount and required the highest body temperature to maximize their sweat output. As the participants worked harder, trained men experienced the biggest spike in sweating. In short, physical fitness appeared to play a dominating role in how heavily men sweated but was less influential for women. 


It is hypothesized that men may have adapted a higher sweat response to complete daily labor more efficiently. Hormones may also affect perspiration levels. In one experiment where male athletes were injected with estrogen, they sweated less during exercise. Other studies show that boys and girls sweat around the same amount during childhood, suggesting that hormonal changes during puberty are partially to blame. When testosterone begins to circulate throughout the body, boys begin to sweat earlier and more heavily.


Beyond sweating more, men also begin sweating at a lower temperature than women. So when exposed to extreme heat, they’re less likely to reach the critical temperature 104 degrees and experience overheating. Women also tend to retain less body fluid than men and dehydrate more easily. 

Both men and women who suffer from hyperhidrosis sweat excessively and spontaneously regardless of sex. Use products such as Kleinert’s SweatShield Ultra Clinical Antiperspirants Wipes which can clog pores and stop sweat for up to a week, Washable or Disposable Kleinert’s Dress Shields can manage your sweating condition and save your clothes from constant washing and even Kleinert’s Sweatproof Undershirts with lined in underarm sweat shields which absorb sweat and have it evaporate. This will not allow sweat to appear on the outside of your clothes and save you from embarrassment and stress.

It’s important to know that men and women sweat differently, and neither is safe from the debilitating effects of excessive sweating. Acclimating yourself to the heat, staying hydrated and exercising regularly can help you sweat more efficiently and better cope with heat. By using Kleinert’s Sweatproof Undershirts during exercise or everyday activity, you can also keep cool while saving your clothes from wet marks & yellow stains.

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