Ladies, let’s face it. Some diseases and illnesses treat us differently. Over the last few years, medical researchers have discovered many gender-based variances in medical conditions. Breast cancer is the obvious example. One in 12 women are affected, while fewer than 1 in 100 men suffer from it. Women are also more likely to experience urinary tract problems including urinary incontinence.
While heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. for both women and men, women are more likely to encounter delays in getting to emergency care. It’s important to understand that during a cardiac emergency, women tend to experience extreme fatigue and other symptoms instead of the crushing chest pain felt by men. Osteoporosis, migraines, and even strokes are also more common in women.
It is vital for you to know your personal risk factors for disease. Consider family history and lifestyle including diet and exercise. Smoking adds risk to many diseases faced by both sexes. Dr. Amy Siegel knows that women are affected differently by disease and is ready to help you understand and modify your risk factors. Make an appointment with her to discuss the best ways to stay healthy and avoid the diseases targeting women.