5 Diseases Affecting More Women than Men

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5 Diseases Affecting More Women than Men

Certain diseases and conditions are almost always associated with one gender or the other, but the following statistics will prove most of us wrong.

When we think of breast cancer, we immediately associate it with women. Why? Men can get it too. Certain diseases and conditions are almost always associated with one gender or the other, but the following statistics will prove most of us wrong.

The following affect more women on average than men:

Multiple Sclerosis (MS): More than 2.1 million people suffer from MS. The Multiple Sclerosis Society reports MS to be 2-3 times more common in women than in men. MS affects the central nervous system that can cause paralysis and vision loss. Currently, there is no cure for MS.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s): Although about 19 million new cases of STD’s are reported each year in the U.S., the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office explains that women experience more severe symptoms from STD’s compared to men. The reason being is because the lining of the vagina is more sensitive allowing for bacteria and viruses to inhabit.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): According to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, 65% of women experience IBS. IBS is a large intestinal disorder that causes consistent constipation, bloating, and gas that lasts for at least 3 months.

Depression: According to the Mayo Clinic, women are twice as likely to develop depression. Although the reason behind depression is unclear, many experts believe that it has to do with women’s hormonal fluctuations between menstruation, childbirth, and menopause.

Lupus: According to the Lupus Foundation of America, of the people diagnosed with Lupus, more than 90% are women. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease where the body attacks healthy tissues, which damages the skin, joints, and organs.

Written by Katherine Chua

Source:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/05/health-conditions-women_n_3695162.html#slide=2766807

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