It was always suggested that women don’t sweat… They glow.
New scientific discovery says that men and women sweat the same amount.
Could you have Hyperhydrosis, a common cause of excess sweating? CHECK OUT THE VIDEO.
It has long been suggested that women don’t sweat in the same way as men do, that women ‘glow’ rather than drip profusely.
A recent study conducted by the University of Wollongong in Australia has examined the skin blood flow and the sweat responses of 24 women and 36 men who were exercising at 28C and 36% humidity.
The researchers on this study found that males and females who were smaller in stature and consequently had a smaller surface area lose heat through increasing their circulation as opposed to actually sweating.
Basically, the body has two ways of cooling itself down, sweating or by increasing the circulation to the skins surface (think red rosy cheeks).
Men are a lot more likely to sweat across their whole body than women are which could be the reason the myth has come about. The reality is that the difference in the amount of actual sweat expelled by both men and women is no more than five per cent.
The participants of the study were asked to do light to moderate exercise while wearing shorts and trainers in a humid environment before their perspiration levels were measured.
Sean Notley, the lead of this study said: “Gender has long been thought to influence sweating and skin blood flow during heat stress… These heat loss responses are, in fact, gender independent during exercise in conditions where the body can successfully regulate its temperature.”
The research is to be published in the journal Experimental Physiology.
What is Hyperhydrosis? The Breakdown
- Sweating is a normal mechanism for the body to cool itself down.
- Hyperhydrosis or excessive sweating is a common ailment when a person sweats too much.
- Not a serious health threat, but can cause embarrassment and low self-esteem
Sweating normally occurs in different parts of the body, but excessive sweating can be isolated in one area such as the armpits. There are two types of hyperhydrosis primary generalised and secondary generalised.
Primary is not caused by a side effect of a medication or a medical condition and is usually symetrical meaning it occurs on both sides of the body evenly.
Secondary is caused by a side effect of a medication or a medical condition, it is usually experienced in larger areas of the body and may be experienced even during sleep.
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