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As courageous, resilient and strong as women can be, various factors mean they also are more likely to be affected by certain medical conditions than men are. Those factors can by physiological or psychological, and some can be exacerbated by socio-economic conditions.
It can be tempting to avoid learning more about those medical conditions, but even being aware of them can help you identify possible symptoms in yourself or in your loved ones. It also can help to find out if your health insurance covers treatment, should any of the following diseases or syndromes should develop. You also should try to learn more about the different ways in which the conditions can be treated.
According to the US Department of Health and Humans Services Office on Women’s Health (OWH), more than 80% of the 10 million Americans with osteoporosis are women. The disease is prevalent among older women for various reasons. One of them is that their bones generally are smaller and less dense than men’s. Another reason is that bones become more brittle after menopause decreases the amount of oestrogen in women’s bodies. The third reason is that women tend to live longer than men.
The American Cancer Society said that breast cancer is approximately 100 times more common in women than it is in men. The risk of developing breast cancer increases with age, but it also could be linked to the presence of certain genes. The risk also can increase if women do not limit their alcohol intake, or if they do not exercise regularly. Eating at least 100g of mushrooms every day can help decrease the chances of breast cancer.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Scientists have yet to discover the exact reasons why women are three times more likely than men to develop carpal tunnel syndrome. According to OWH, possible reasons include hormonal changes during pregnancy and/or menopause, genetics, and women’s naturally smaller wrist bones. The tunnel referred to is the groove in those bones. Tendons and nerves fit into the groove, and they can become irritated and inflamed.
Women also are more likely to be diagnosed with depression than men are. OWH said that this was one of the conditions that can be brought on by psychological, physiological, and/or socio-economic factors. They can be as broad ranging as hormonal changes connected to the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, the first six months after the birth of a child, and menopause, as well as chronic pain, stress, other medical problems, and even the history of the family.
Anxiety is often, but not always, paired with depression. According to OWH, women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with either or both than men are. Like depression, a range of factors can cause anxiety. It also can have a debilitating effect on people, and severely impact their quality of life. However, like depression, it can be treated.
There are three basic reasons women can be as much as 30 times more likely to develop a urinary tract infection (UTI) than men are. The short distance between the urethral opening and the vagina and the anus mean that the bacteria cause such infections are more likely to enter the urethra. The tube is shorter in women, which means there are better chances of bacteria reaching the bladder. If they do not clear up on their own, UTIs may require a course of antibiotics. They can be incredibly dangerous if left untreated, as they can reach the kidneys, and this could lead to renal failure and even be fatal.