Who's stronger: men or women?

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
When men and women go head to head in a test of physical strength, you may be surprised at who comes out on top.

When men and women go head to head in a test of physical strength, you may be surprised at who comes out on top.

(NBC) - When men and women go head to head in a test of physical strength, you may be surprised at who comes out on top.

It's a question that goes back to the beginning of time. Who's stronger? Men or women?

It's something Brian Egwuatu and his wife Kara battle over all the time. Especially at the gym.

Both are in great shape, but in the end they both agree they've been brought up to believe that men are the stronger sex.

But now, landmark research being done by Dr. Doris Taylor at the Texas Heart Institute is proving women, from their stem cells to their hearts, have got men beat badly.

You can actually see the difference, and even feel it.

Take hearts for example. Dr. Taylor took male and female pig hearts, nearly identical to the human heart, and stripped them of all cells so she could look at the basic structure.

First the female heart. Just look at it. Now, the male heart. Soft, loose, thin walled, almost runny.

And then there are the stem cells, the body's super-powered repair system. Look at the difference!

Research shows the power of female stem cells on the left compared with male stem cells on the right.

Women have far more stem cells and they last a lot longer.

Dr. Taylor's goal in all of this? To harvest those "super-powered stem cells" women have and inject them into men and women, suffering from heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and more. And cure them.

Dr. Taylor says all of these differences between male and female hearts and stem cells may help explain why men die from heart disease so much younger than women.


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