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Health Information Health Differences Between Men and Women

The following are six important health differences between men and women:

  1. Depression: Women are two to three times more likely than men to have depression.
  2. Smoking: Smoking has a more negative effect on cardiovascular health in women than men. Women are also less successful at quitting smoking and have more severe withdrawal symptoms.
  3. Anesthesia: Women tend to wake up from anesthesia more quickly than men; an average of seven minutes for women and 11 minutes for men.
  4. Autoimmune disease: Three out of four people who have autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, are women.
  5. Alcohol: Women produce less of the enzyme that breaks down ethanol in the stomach. Therefore, after consuming the same amount of alcohol, women have higher blood alcohol content than men.
  6. Pain: Some pain medications are far more effective in relieving pain in women than in men.

Source: Society for Women’s Health Research

 

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