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Do women respond differently than men to exercise?

Yes. Women have different hormone levels as well as different anatomy and physiology than men.  Women may need to lift weights at different intensities compared to men to achieve similar results. Women are also more prone to conditions such as amenorrhea if they exercise excessively. Osteoporosis is more frequent in females, especially postmenopausal women, but exercise can reduce risk of osteoporosis.  Females participating in long distance running or those who train excessively are at risk to develop amenorrhea, which is a loss of menses. 

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