Although men and women can have the same diseases with similar symptoms, some of these diseases affect them differently. Women can even feel more symptoms sometimes and some diseases can affect men more severely. This is also one of the reasons why their life span is different with women’s being slightly longer.
Bright Side will now let you know about 8 diseases that affect men and women in different ways.
1. Hair loss
Men are more likely to lose hair when getting older than women. Men lose hair in the same pattern, as their headline goes farther and farther back. They may also lose hair to the point they have a large bald spot. This happens because men’s testosterone has a bigger impact on their hair. Testosterone is converted into dihydrotestosterone, which is a hormone that helps the hair get shorter and thinner.
Men’s hair loss can start in their 20s. With women, it may not be noticeable until their 50s or 60s and women’s hair loss has more to do with genes or medical conditions.
Women experience more acne during their periods and menopause, as their hormone levels are disrupted. Both sexes can have acne from childhood into adulthood, but in men it generally lasts longer as they produce more sebum, which is the oily substance responsible for acne.
3. Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis is 2 to 3 times more common in women than in men. However, it is often more severe in men than in women. When it comes to its progressive form, known as primary-progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS), it appears that the number of men may be higher than women.
Women are 4 times more likely to develop osteoporosis than men. The condition is mostly seen in women over 50. This happens because women’s bones are lighter and thinner and also because they have a longer life span.
Around 55,000 more women, than men, will have a stroke. More women than men die from strokes each year as well. Although men and women feel the same stroke symptoms, women can also feel additional and different manifestations, such as: difficulty breathing, hallucinations, fainting, vomiting, agitation, seizures, and hiccups.
6. Heart attack
Men and women can both experience chest pressure that feels like there is an elephant sitting on their chest when they are having an heart attack. However, women can have a heart attack without feeling this chest pressure. Instead, they may feel pressure or pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen, shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting, and extreme fatigue.
7. Depression and anxiety
Women experience depression and anxiety more often than men. This happens, because women experience things that men generally don’t, like for example: gender-based violations, socio-economic disadvantages, income inequality, and a subordinate social status.
To add to this, women also have types of depression that men will never experience. For example, during pregnancy, the postpartum period, perimenopause, and the menstrual cycle.
8. Urinary tract infection
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are more common in women than in men because women’s urethra is shorter and the bacteria has to travel a shorter distance. On the other hand, the condition is more complicated in men, as the infections often have to do with the block of the urine stream, rather than bacteria.
Were you aware that this was a reality? Which one surprised you the most?