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Study: Men are the 'weaker sex'

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Recent research finds men are the weaker sex. These findings suggest men are more fragile than us women, because in every age category, females were consistently outliving males.

Death is not an equal opportunist.

"You may have a little bit of nerves beforehand, but once you jump out of the airplane or you're in the wind tunnel, nothing else really matters and you just have that sense of letting go," said Trevor Gibbs.

But does it favor the thrill seekers...or just men in general?

Trevor Gibbs decided to become an instructor after skydiving on a whim.

Gibbs said, "It was my friend's birthday and he just looked at me and said hey, I want to get certified to skydive, so I said, okay, I'll do it with you."

Now, he teaches others to get a rush safely, in an I-Fly wind tunnel.

Trevor supports research that suggests, from every age, males are more prone to injury and possibly death when compared to their female counterparts.

"Especially me growing up, I was an only child, but I had four girl cousins...I was always in line rollerblading and they'd be inside playing mall madness," admitted Gibbs.

A study from the Society of Actuaries shows the male disadvantage starts in the womb and spikes during their teens and early 20's.

"I'm a thrill seeker and I love action sports," said Mike Silva.

During the "middle years" or your 30's and 40's, the gender difference narrows and holds steady, but statistics still show men are more likely to die from injuries and disease.

Leading female diseases do some damage, but not as much as the male afflictions.

"I agree," added Silva. "I use my body to the fullest, but you get some bumps and bruises along the way."

Mike Silva says it takes some practice...and a lot of mistakes to be a talented skydiver.

Silva said, "It's just a combination of speed and power and freedom. You're like a super hero."

Research also shows in their 50's, men begin to accelerate their dying, peaking in their 60's and 70's.

"There's proof in the numbers," Silva said.

The ultimate conclusion? That men are more fragile than women.

Gibbs countered, "At least in my line of work, I'd have to say 'no.'"

Tell that to Brenda Porta and the all-women's Pink Gloves Boxing group.

"We are strong women here," said Porta. "That's my...stress relief. I'm just like, I don't need that beer. I'm going to work out."

They're raising money right now to continue the fight against cancer.

"So I figured, why not get together, workout, be healthy, prevent it from all of us here," said Porta.

"That was her present to me, is that she would go with me," said a first-time I-Flyer. "It's just one of those things you can see yourself doing over and over again."

Summer said, "He talked me into parasailing when we first started dating and I totally regretted it."

"Maybe skydiving she wouldn't want me to do...motorcycle riding," he admitted.

There are a bevy of reasons why men are linked to weakness...but it seems like for the most part, females just learn from experience quicker.

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