There are various biological differences between men and women. As a result, women are more likely to suffer from certain illnesses. A common example, for instance, is breast cancer. Although this can occur in men, it is far less common. There are a number of other illnesses that occur more frequently in women and it is important to be aware of these so that you can help prevent them.
For every single male migraine, three women suffer from one. Around 18% of all women report that they have suffered from migraine headaches, compared to just 6% of men. Migraines can be incredibly debilitating and those who have never suffered from them often don’t quite understand how bad they actually are. Unfortunately, a migraine can occur at any moment and often without warning.
Migraines are pulsating headaches, often on one side of the head. Physical activity may intensify the pain, but symptoms can vary from person to person and from one attack to the next.
There are ways to identify a migraine, but there is very little that can be done against them other than remain hydrated and rest in a darkened room.
Urinary Tract and Kidney Infections
Urinary tract infections are also particularly common in women. The same is true for kidney infections. The worrying thing is that kidney infections are a leading cause of high blood pressure, which has various other large health hazards associated with it. The kidneys and urinary tract are very closely related, so it is important to recognize potential issues.
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is an infection involving the kidneys, ureters, bladder, or urethra. These are the structures that urine passes through before being eliminated from the body.
Although UTIs vary in severity, the general rule of thumb is that if it is higher up the tract, it is more serious and has more potential consequences. Indeed, some 7 million hospital visits each and every year are as a result of a UTI.
Multiple Sclerosis, a degenerative disease for which there is no cure is also more common in women. This is an illness whereby the immune system in the body attacks rather than protects its own cells. MS in particular is a neurological condition that degenerates the brain and the spine in particular.
MS is an auto-immune disease. The body’s immune system is thought to turn on itself in MS, attacking the covering of nerves, called myelin sheath, meaning signals to and from the brain can be disrupted. MS gets its name from the build-up of scar tissue (sclerosis) in the brain and/or spinal cord.
The condition is most often diagnosed in women between the age of 20 and 40. Public perception is that it is a disease that affects the elderly, but this isn’t true at all. Unfortunately, life expectancy is not good, and those who do live with it often have a significantly reduced quality of life.
Finally, osteoporosis can affect men and women equally. However, research shows that it is women in particular who struggle with it. Indeed, every other woman over the age of 50 is likely to suffer from a fracture due to osteoporosis and some women have lost as much as 50% of their skeletal mass by the time they reach the age of 65.
These illnesses can affect men and women alike, but they are more common in women. It is very important, therefore, that you learn to recognize the signs and seek medical help if you believe that there is a problem. Just as men have their own issues, so do women and therapy and treatment is out there.
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