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Medicine’s Deadly Gender Gap

Posted May 13 2012 5:44pm

 

Does gender really matter in health care?

For me, it’s obvious why gender matters in health care, just as it matters in business, leadership and politics. Since health is political, women’s health has gender bias to account for especially as women  age.  In women’s health, gender bias results from women not being included in clinical trials, for example.  Yes, although gender bias is the villain, more women-specific research must follow the fact that women simply are NOT small men.

That’s partly why several years ago, the National Institutes of Health created an infrastructure for the advancement of women’s health research in over twelve Centers of Excellence in Women’s Health throughout the United States.

Until you read a story like this , you would not appreciate that women also have  lower pain thresholds, increased incidence of lupus and MS, higher rates of fatal lung cancer and more.  There are actually at least ten differences between women’s and men’s bodies that account for big differences, according to the Society for Women’s Health Research.

There is still much that is unknown about the differences between male and female bodies. This story says it all .  Peripheral Arterial Disease or PAD is more common in women than men and very much underappreciated as it’s a result of hardening of the arteries – not the same as heart disease or breast cancer.

Our Real Women on Health on-line radio show this Wednesday, May 16th @12:30 pm EST with Dr. Gregory Pokrwyka, MD, FACP, Director of the Baltimore Lipid Center, will talk a little about this as well as heart disease and the new aspirin study.  Please join us to learn how you can prevent heart disease – it’s the number one killer of women.

 

 

 

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