The Biological Differences Between Women and Men

We don’t subscribe to the whole “men are from Mars, women are from Venus” thing, but it’s a fact that men and women are built differently, and that there are a number of biological distinctions between the sexes that go beyond our reproductive parts. Although there are exceptions to every rule, here are 14 general physiological differences between men and women.

Fat is distributed differently

Nearly everyone gains weight as they grow older and while women tend to be heavier around the hips, men are more likely to carry fat around their abdomen. Heavy thighs and buttocks on women actually serve a biological purpose as these deposits are meant to provide the extra energy needed while pregnant, which is why it’s difficult for women to shed fat around their pelvis. Sadly, belly fat in men serves no such purpose and is in fact linked to an increased risk for diseases like diabetes, coronary disease, and cancer.

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Males are more likely to have birth defects

Around 3% of babies in the United States are born with birth defects. Unfortunately, males are more predisposed due to their genetic makeup. The X chromosome, of which women have two while men only have one, contains nearly 2,000 genes and any mutation of these genes can lead to X chromosome linked birth defects. While women have an extra X chromosome to fall back on, men do not and are therefore more likely to be born with a number of defects, such as Turner’s syndrome and cryptorchidism.

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