Men's and Women's Health

There may be equality between the sexes in this day and age but when it comes to health risks there are still marked differences between men and women. Researchers are finding out that beyond the reproductive system, hormones and bone structure, men and women develop diseases in different ways. Men and women react differently to treatment and drugs.

The variations between the sexes is an important area of research for scientists. If they can develop drugs that are fit for men or women it would mean that such diseases or disorders like depression, migraines and heart attacks can be better prevented or cured.

Here are some facts about how diseases affect men and women differently:

  • Osteoporosis can affect more women than men. After menopause the loss to bone mass can be as high as 33 percent
  • Women experience more headaches than men. Migraines are three time more common in women than men.
  • Women are more likely to die from strokes than men.
  • Women experience heart attacks differently from men. Most women complain of feeling sick or nauseous although they also experience the crushing pain radiating from the left arm. Women’s hearts are two thirds the size of mens and have smaller arteries
  • Women may need smaller doses of drugs than men. They metabolize them slower than men.
  • Cancer kills more men than women. Cancer of the lungs, kidney, bladder and pancreas affect men more.
  • Women are more prone to rheumatoid arthritis.
  • More men kill themselves. Suicide is the number eight cause of death among men
  • Gout is more common in men
  • Women live longer than men. There are more women who are aged over a 100 years old
  • Men have fewer infection fighting T-cells than women

The differences between that sexes is more than skin deep. The battle of the sexes has never been this competitive. Little girls can now proudly say to little boys that they are less likely to have a heart attack when they grow up.