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Try out PMC Labs and tell us what you think. Learn More. Although a of studies have examined potential differences in temperature regulation between males and females during heat stress, conclusions have remained limited as to whether reported differences are due to confounding physical characteristics or to actual differences in the physiological variables of temperature regulation.

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Recent observations suggest that sex differences in temperature regulation, particularly in sudomotor activity, go beyond those associated with physical characteristics. Females have recently been shown to have a lower sudomotor activity, as well as a lower thermosensitivity of the response compared to males during exercise performed at a fixed rate of metabolic heat production. Furthermore, sex differences in local and whole-body sudomotor activity are only evident above a certain combination of environmental conditions and rate of metabolic heat production.

In contrast, both the onset threshold and thermosensitivity of cutaneous vasodilatation are similar between males and females. Based on recent findings, sex differences in sudomotor activity appear to be mediated peripherally, although a central modulation has yet to be conclusively ruled out. Here we present a brief yet comprehensive review of the current state of knowledge pertaining to sex differences in temperature regulation during exercise in the heat. His research focuses on sex-related differences in human temperature regulation, with an emphasis on trying to eliminate confounding biophysical factors to isolate potential physiological sex differences.

Tipton National Student Award. Glen P. His unique calorimeter-based research is directed at evaluating the physiological mechanisms governing human thermoregulatory control during heat stress with an emphasis on understanding the thermal and non-thermal contributions to human heat balance. His work also includes studying the physiological effects and consequences of heat stress in at-risk subpopulations with conditions that render them particularly vulnerable to heat injury, such as ageing, obesity, diabetes and related disorders.

A consistent growth in publications investigating sex differences in temperature regulation during heat stress began during the s Wyndham et al. These studies aimed to determine if males and females could tolerate prolonged exercise in the heat to a similar extent pre- and post-acclimatisation, and led to the contradictory notions that females thermoregulate both less pre-acclimatisation and more post-acclimatisation effectively than males.

A of subsequent studies therefore attempted to control for either or both of these variables. Overall, these later studies led to the general consensus that sex differences in temperature regulation can be explained by differences in physical characteristics and aerobic fitness Sawka et al. The purpose of the current review is to summarise these recent findings and to provide a brief yet exhaustive review of the current knowledge pertaining to sex differences in local and whole-body heat loss responses. To do so, the current review will first provide a brief overview of the physiological and physical variables governing temperature regulation during exercise in the heat.

The neural control of body temperature is achieved through thermoreceptors which detect changes in body temperature both centrally within the central nervous system Hammel et al. The peripheral thermoreceptors are responsible for transmitting thermoafferent information to the central nervous system, particularly in the region of the preoptic anterior hypothalamus where most of thermal integration is thought to occur Boulant, Integration of thermal information ultimately in the central nervous system sending thermoefferent als, via the autonomic nervous system, to the appropriate effector organs which control and alter rates of heat exchange within the body and from the body to the environment Werner, During exercise in the heat, cutaneous vasodilatation and increased sudomotor activity serve to dissipate heat from the body for the proper regulation of body temperature Hardy, Since both responses are affected by core and skin temperatures Fusco et al.

Therefore, studies have also analysed changes in the onset threshold and thermosensitivity of thermoeffector responses as a function of changes in core temperature only, while examining the influence that skin temperature may have upon this relationship Nadel et al. When mean body temperature is used as the independent variable, the onset threshold is determined as the mean body temperature at which a sustained increase in thermoeffector output occurs, while the rate at which the thermoeffector output changes as a function of the increase in mean body temperature is known as the thermosensitivity Hammel, ; Cheuvront et al.

Since the interpretation of thermoefferent activity, namely skin sympathetic nerve activity, is problematic between individuals or over separate days Young et al. As such, changes in the thermosensitivity of an effector response, without parallel changes in the onset threshold, probably imply a peripheral modulation. In fact, changes in onset threshold have traditionally been used as an indicator of central modulation of temperature regulation, while the thermosensitivity has been used to describe peripheral adaptations in effector responses Nadel et al.

Left panel: an increase in mean body temperature occurs before the effector response is activated at a given onset threshold. The effector output subsequently increases proportionally to the increase in mean body temperature, the linear portion of which represents the thermosensitivity of the response. Once the effector response reaches maximal values, a flattening of the line is observed, whereby no further increase in effector output occurs despite increasing mean body temperature. It should be noted that this relationship has been demonstrated using local, whole-body, and whole-limb measurements of thermoeffector responses.

Right panel: examples of how the parameters of the thermoeffector output-to-mean body temperature relationship can change: 1 the thermosensitivity of the response is increased, such that a greater change in effector output occurs for a given change in mean body temperature; 2 the onset threshold of the response is shifted to the right, such that a greater change in mean body temperature is required to initiate the activation of effector output; 3 the plateau phase of the effector output is reduced, such that lower maximal values are attained for a given change in mean body temperature.

The increased heat production at the onset of exercise is not immediately matched by an increase in whole-body heat loss Webb, Mean body temperature therefore rises beyond onset threshold values, activating the heat loss responses of cutaneous vasodilatation and sweating Benzinger, ; Werner, ; Sawka et al.

Together, both serve to increase whole-body heat loss Fig. While the onset threshold at which heat loss responses are activated and the rate at which they increase thermosensitivity depend upon changes in mean body temperature, the level of whole-body heat loss achieved during exercise in the heat depends upon the required evaporation for heat balance E reqwhich is the sum of metabolic heat production and dry heat exchange.

Since evaporation of sweat represents the main component of total heat loss during exercise, particularly in the heat, the level of sudomotor activity achieved is therefore driven by the evaporation needed to achieve heat balance Fig.

When the maximal evaporation possible within a given environment E max does not limit an individual's ability to achieve heat balance i. However, when the combination of environmental conditions and metabolic heat production exceed the individual's maximum evaporative capacity Esk,maxtherefore creating an uncompensable heat stress scenario i. It should be noted, however, that these scenarios assume that all of the sweat produced by the body is evaporated i. In reality, sweating efficiency decreases as the required evaporation for heat balance approaches the maximum evaporative capacity of the individual within a given environment Candas et al.

Consequently, the level of sudomotor activity achieved is more precisely related to the ratio of required evaporation for heat balance and the individual's maximum evaporative capacity in that environment Shapiro et al. Left panel: the initial increase in evaporative heat loss during exercise is dictated by the onset threshold for sweating, with the subsequent linear increase in evaporative heat loss a function of the change in mean body temperature thermosensitivity.

However, the level of evaporative heat loss attained during exercise is determined by the required evaporation for heat balance E req. The main physical characteristics influencing temperature regulation during exercise in the heat are body mass and surface area Anderson, ; Havenith, b. Briefly, body mass represents the capacity of the body to store heat, such that individuals with a greater body mass typically have smaller increases in core temperature during heat stress Havenith et al.

The possible impact sex differences in physical characteristics may have upon temperature regulation was put forward by Burse Studies which examine sex differences in temperature regulation during exercise in the heat have generally failed to consider sex differences in physical characteristics when examining both sexes as a whole. In some studies Shapiro et al.

In either case, most studies have relied upon core temperature as an indicator of thermoregulatory function, the majority of which report greater end-exercise core temperatures in females. Although sex differences in core temperature might intuitively suggest differences in the physiology of temperature regulation e. Therefore, core temperature alone cannot be reliably used to gain insight into potential physiological differences in temperature regulation when males and females are not matched for particular physical characteristics.

Another important physical characteristic to consider when comparing heat loss responses between sexes during exercise is maximum oxygen consumption. In the studies performed during the s, greater heart rates in females led to the suggestion that physical fitness should be considered when comparing males and females during exercise in the heat Drinkwater et al. To for potential differences in physical fitness, subsequent studies either compared males and females during treadmill exercise at a fixed external workload Davies, ; Avellini et al.

In some cases, an attempt was made to compare males and females with similar aerobic capacities expressed relative to body weight Avellini et al. In general, it was found that physically active females had similar cardiovascular responses and heat tolerance times despite lower sweat rates compared to males when treadmill exercise was performed at a given external workload.

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On the other hand, when both sexes exercised at the same percentage ofit was generally found that females had lower end-exercise core temperatures despite having lower sweat rates. However, both exercise protocols contain inherent methodological issues due to the fact that males and females were not matched for body mass.

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Consequently, treadmill walking at a fixed external workload elicits a lower rate of metabolic heat production in females due to their lower body mass Havenith, a. This in a lower required evaporation for heat balance E reqwhich itself can explain the lower sweat rates observed. Similarly, exercise at a given percentage of also elicits a lower rate of metabolic heat production in females. While this problem has been recognised ly Kenney, ; Bar-Or,and again more recently Schwiening et al. Nonetheless, when males and females exercise at the same percentage ofthe lower rate of metabolic heat production in females in a lower rate of whole-body sudomotor activity Gagnon et al.

Since whole-body sudomotor activity is determined by local sweat production, it follows that a lower rate of metabolic heat production will elicit a lower sweat rate in females Fig. As such, protocols based either on treadmill exercise performed at a fixed external workload, or on exercise performed at a given percentage ofresult in a lower required evaporation for heat balance in females when males and females are not matched for body mass.

This limitation explains the lower sweat rates in females reported in many studies, and conclusions therefore remained limited as to whether sex actually modulates the physiological variables of temperature regulation during exercise in the heat. Right panel: the greater rate of whole-body heat loss is reflected by a greater rate of local sweat production in males compared to females.

In this situation, the greater rate of local sweat production can be attributed to the differences in rate of metabolic heat production elicited by employing an experimental protocol in which exercise is performed at a given percentage of maximum oxygen consumption. The majority of studies which have examined physiological differences in temperature regulation in females have generally focused on those related to the female menstrual cycle. In contrast, the thermosensitivity of each response is generally unchanged.

However, these findings emphasise the need to consider the phase of the menstrual cycle in females when examining sex differences in temperature regulation. In contrast to the influence of sex hormones, no experiments have examined a possible influence of sex on the onset threshold and thermosensitivity of sweating and cutaneous vasodilatation, independent of differences in physical characteristics and rate of metabolic heat production. Furthermore, studies have shown that the thermosensitivity of both sudomotor activity and cutaneous vascular conductance increases at greater rates of metabolic heat production Montain et al.

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Therefore, the lower rate of whole-body sudomotor activity in females during this condition, as well as the lower thermosensitivity of the response, was mainly attributed to the lower rate of metabolic heat production associated with the experimental protocol. However, when exercise was performed at a fixed rate of metabolic heat production, whole-body sudomotor activity and the thermosensitivity of the response were nonetheless lower in females.

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In contrast, no sex differences in the onset threshold for whole-body sudomotor activity, as well as in cutaneous vascular conductance as a whole, were observed during exercise performed at a fixed rate of metabolic heat production. These observations suggest a sex difference in sudomotor activity that is not associated with differences in physical characteristics and rate of metabolic heat production. In terms of physiological control, a lower thermosensitivity in females of the whole-body sudomotor response could be due to differences in: 1 thermoafferent information from peripheral thermoreceptors; 2 neural integration of thermoafferent activity, 3 thermoefferent neural activity, 4 thermoeffector response for a given level of thermoefferent activity, or 5 a combination of these possibilities.

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