Friday, September 05, 2008
Darn the difference!
…At a time when women are the “focus,” shall we say, the Society for Women’s Health research puts out an interesting list of health diffs between men and women.
…Heart disease kills more women than men. Half a million a year. Women are also more likely to have a second heart attack after a first one. Their heart trouble shows up on average 10 years later than in men, though.
…Women are 2-3 times more likely than men to suffer from depression.
…Women account for 80% of the osteoporosis.
…Smoking affects women more drastically, and women also are less able to quit and have more severe withdrawal.
…Women are twice as likely to get an STD.
…Women wake up more quickly from anesthesia—hopefully, not during.
…Three-fourths of people with autoimmune disease such as MS, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus are women.
…Women have less of the enzymes that break down alcohol and thus get a higher blood content level faster.
…Some opiates are more effective in women.
…Well, as HA so often observes, everyone is lucky we are alive to do all the work!