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Battle of the Sexes

It's no surprise that men and women are different. But do you know how much? Test your knowledge with our quiz.

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Battle of the Sexes
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Question 1 of 20 Correct

True or false: Women's hearts and arteries are smaller than men's.

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The correct answer is: This is true. The difference in part is due to sex hormones: estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. While male hormones enlarge arteries, female hormones make them smaller. This means women's arteries are more prone to blood clots or plaque blockages, and more difficult to repair with angioplasty or bypass surgery.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Is heart disease the leading cause of death in men or women?

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The correct answer is: Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. In 2010, coronary heart disease alone was projected to cost the United States $108.9 billion.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Why do men and women deposit fat in different areas?

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The correct answer is: Hormone differences means that fat is distributed in different places. Females need fat in breast and hip areas as an aid to birthing and caring for offspring.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

What is an average healthy body fat range for women?

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The correct answer is: While a healthy body fat range for women is 20 to 25 percent, for men it's lower—15 to 20 percent. These ranges may vary as we age, but staying within reasonable limits is beneficial to your health.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Why do men lose weight faster than women?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Men already have a lot of muscle, which helps them burn more calories. Women have higher estrogen levels that make them deposit more fat. Also, women stress out more frequently than men, which can lead to snacking.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: Hair loss on the top of the head is different in men than it is in women.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Male-pattern hair loss typically begins at the front hairline and proceeds over the top of the head, resulting in a U-like shape. Female-pattern hair loss generally manifests itself by an overall thinning across the head.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Do more women or men die from strokes?

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The correct answer is: About 425,000 of the 795,000 people who have strokes each year in the United States are women, and more women die of strokes than men do. Women are thought to have a higher rate of strokes because of hormonal changes during pregnancy and menopause, the use of birth control pills and a higher rate of migraine headaches. Later in life, they tend to have higher blood pressure than men.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Why are women more prone to osteoporosis earlier in life than men?

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The correct answer is: Usually a drop in hormones is the primary cause of osteoporosis. In women, this often happens when estrogen levels fall during menopause. Men, however, do not usually have a drop in testosterone until they are 70-years-old or more.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

How does osteoporosis in men differ from women?

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The correct answer is: Both of the above. In men and women, osteoporosis may simply result from old age. For men, though, more than half of all cases have an underlying disease or medications as the cause.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: Women and men are equally affected by cataracts as they age.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Cataracts affect men and women in much the same way. Nearly one out of every five people from the ages of 65 to 74 has a cataract.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

How do men and women's sleeping patterns differ?

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The correct answer is: A recent study shows evidence of some fundamental biological differences between male and female sleep patterns. Women’s circadian clocks are set to an earlier hour than men’s, making them more inclined to fall asleep earlier and also to wake earlier. Circadian cycles were shorter for women than for men, by six minutes. Even a slight difference can have significant impact on nightly sleep and on energy levels during the day.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Overall, who tends to be happier?

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The correct answer is: Overall, women tend to be happier. One survey of 38,000 men and women across 44 countries found that women scored themselves as more satisfied with their lives than men. However, one study shows men appreciate their familiies more after middle age than women do.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Are hernias more common in men or women?

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The correct answer is: Hernias are a common abdominal condition that can affect both men and women, and are especially common in adults who are obese and/or smoke.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

How does vision differ between men and women?

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The correct answer is: Both of the above. You can trace differences in vision for men and women back to their roles in caveman days. Women developed better peripheral vision because they gathered food for their families. Men developed stronger straight-on vision for hunting purposes.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

How much more likely are men to be color blind than women?

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The correct answer is: Men may not be as naturally gifted for decorating because they are 17 times more likely to have color blindness, which may have been an adaptation for hunting. People who are color-blind can see through camouflage more effectively, which means they could focus on prey in a complex background.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Who is more likely to live longer?

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The correct answer is: Men, in general, are less healthy than women. Life expectancy for men is currently about 75 years; for women, it's 80 years. Compared to women, men make half as many visits to their doctors for preventive care.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Why do women talk more than men?

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The correct answer is: Women crave the chemicals serotonin and oxytocin, which enhance relaxation, reduce fearfulness and decrease stress responses. Women increase their oxytocin levels and experience renewed balance and calm when they socialize and talk with friends and family.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: Men and women handle pain differently.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Higher levels of testosterone give men the edge in painful situations but the female body compensates during childbirth. An extra boost of estrogen during pregnancy allows women to endure childbirth and even want to do it again.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

How do heart attack symptoms differ for women?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. While men typically feel the crushing chest pain often associated with heart attacks, women’s symptoms tend to seem unrelated to chest pain, such as abdominal or upper back discomfort, shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, fatigue, light headedness or sweating.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: Men can drink more alcohol than women because they are larger.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Though the average woman is smaller than the average man, size doesn't matter in determining how men and women handle their alcohol. Men have an extra chemical, an enzyme in their stomachs, that digests alcohol better.

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