Medical Issues that Affect Women Differently than Men

The chapter discusses conditions that affect women more severely than men. For example: anaemia is more common in women. Anaemia can occur as a result of inherited conditions or as a result of iron or folic acid deficiency. Anaemia can be treated by changing ones diet or by taking supplements. Another common condition in women is arthritis which occurs three times more often in women than in men. For other conditions (such as inflammation of the cartilage, rheumatism – an auto immune disease) there are treatments which aim at easing the symptoms as well as medical treatments. There are auto-immune diseases more common in women, such as thyroid, lupus, and scleroderma.

Chronic problems, such as fibromyalgia and cardiovascular problems, even though no less common in women, receive much less attention when diagnosed in women. Other illnesses that fall into this category include atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, coronaries, heart attacks and strokes, cancer of the colon and the rectum, diabetes I & II and urinary infections. The chapter describes the symptoms, the risks and the available preventative measures and treatments.