Why A Woman's Heart Beats Faster Than A Man's

Why A Woman’s Heart Beats Faster Than A Man’s

You may not realise it to look at them, but the latest research suggests that men and women’s bodies tick according to very different clocks.

A Canadian study has found that women have a circadian rhythm, which runs between 1.7 and 2.3 hours ahead of their male partners. 

This means they are likely to feel more tired earlier in the evening than men. Such differences are mainly due to the influence of our s hormones… These hormones can affect our health in everything from how fast our hair grows to how quickly we blink and even how rapidly we digest food and alcohol.’

Here, we look at some other ways in which men’s and women’s bodies run at very different speeds…


Food takes a fifth longer to pass through the digestive system of a woman compared to a man.. The reason is that women have smaller stomachs which produce less acid to break down meals.

The rate of movement through the gut is about 20 per cent slower in women than men.. The transit from mouth to emptying is about 24 hours on average in men and about 28 hours in women.


A woman’s heart is about two-thirds the size of a man’s, weighing an average of 120g, compared to an average 180g in the male.. However, because the female or is smaller, it beats slightly faster to make up for its size… While the average male heart beats 70 to 72 times a minute, an adult woman’s beats 78 to 82 times a minute. 

However heart experts say this has no effect on women’s overall heart health during their lifetimes or the type of heart problems they develop.
‘It’s probably down to numerous things such as body size, heart size and hormones.


Women tend to blink more often and more quickly than men — around 14.9 times a minute, compared to 14.5 times for men.
it’s thought to be due to women’s higher levels of oestrogen — which stimulates the production of lubricants, including in the eyes.

Indeed, the blink rate of women who take high oestrogen birth control pills goes up to an average of 19.6 times a minute.
‘It’s possible that the contraceptive pills affect the lenticular nucleus, our brain’s control centre for involuntary blinking.

However, the difference in blink rates between the genders makes little difference to our overall eye health because women are still more likely to be affected by dry eyes, again for hormonal reasons…
Men have more testosterone which holds these tears together better and keeps their eyes well moistened..


There’s a scientific reason why few women can drink their male counterparts under the table — they have less of the enzyme that breaks down alcohol before it enters the blood stream.
‘Females have only about one-fifth as much alcohol dehydrogenase in their stomachs, so women get more effect, ounce for ounce, than men.

It seems that as a result, women suffer more the next morning… 
A survey by the University of Missouri found that women’s experiences of the most common hangover complaints — dehydration, tiredness, headaches, nausea and vomiting — were more severe than men’s.

A high amount of alcohol consumption in females has the potential to show a progression to liver damage more quickly than in men.
Women have to drink only half of what men consume — between seven to 13 drinks a week — to be at risk of alcohol-related liver disease..


On average, human hair grows about 1.25cm a month.
However men’s locks grow fractionally quicker — about 6.5 per cent faster — than women’s..
This is because they have more of the male s hormone testosterone, which stimulates the follicles to produce hair more quickly. 

Women, though, have the female s hormone oestrogen in their bodies which lengthens the hair growth cycle.
This means that while women’s hair does not grow as quickly, it grows for longer. In European women, hair has a growth cycle of around five to six years while men’s is three to five years.


It’s an old cliche that a woman is more likely to ‘talk nineteen to the dozen’, but there may be some truth in it… Contro research has found that women tend to speak faster than men, especially in social situations.
One possible reason is that oestrogen increases verbal fluency, while testosterone appears to dampen it.

Furthermore, the major areas of the brain related to speech in the prefrontal cortex — the part of the brain that governs social interaction — have been found to be ‘significantly larger’ in women by as much as 23 per cent.

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