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In addition to what are usually thought of as "women's health" issues such as pregnancy health and menopause, there are many other conditions that are much more common in women, and may be due in part to biological differences between the sexes. For example, autoimmune diseases are the third most common major illness in the United States, impacting more than 8.5 million Americans. And three out of four people suffering from autoimmune diseases, such as multiple sclerosis (MS), rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and lupus, are women.

 

One of the most common autoimmune conditions is rheumatoid arthritis(RA), a debilitating form of arthritis that affects 2.1 million Americans, mostly women. This chronic, systemic disease manifests in the synovial lining of joints and can only be controlled, not cured. Pain is the chief symptom of RA, along with swelling, stiffness, joint damage and lack of mobility. The immune malfunction might reach beyond joints in RA patients, so symptoms of other autoimmune diseases, such as Sjogren's syndrome and psoriasis, are not uncommon.

 

Lupus, meanwhile, is a lifelong disease characterized by an immune system attack on various tissues and organs, including the skin, joints, lungs, heart and kidneys. People who develop lupus suffer a range of symptoms—from joint aches, high fevers, arthritis, chronic fatigue and anemia to skin rashes, kidney dysfunction and chest pain during deep breathing. The Lupus Foundation of America reports more than 1.5 million Americans suffer some form of the disease. However, lupus has a knack for mimicking other illnesses, making accurate epidemiology on the disease elusive. Lupus affects women 10 to 15 times more frequently than men.

 

Scientists are still unsure exactly what causes immune system malfunctions, but they suspect a mixture of possible contributors, including environmental toxins, chronic stress, viral infections, lack of sunlight, hormones, pregnancy and heredity. Genes can determine the status of various immune components; yet, the presence of genetic markers for certain autoimmune outcomes does not necessarily manifest in disease. The exact manifestations of the autoimmune condition may be variable but they are generally linked by chronic inflammation, which suggests some commonality in nutritional treatments.

 

Women's Health Articles

Why Sleep Is So Important for Women's Health

By WLC Admin
Friday, 17 June 2016

why sleep is so importantSleep is important for maintaining your overall health whether you are a man or a woman, but it turns out that adequate amounts of sleep are especially necessary for women.Keep reading to learn more about why ....

Eating Vegetables May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

By WLC Admin
Friday, 25 September 2015

Reduce Breast Cancer RiskA recent study has shown that eating vegetables may reduce the risk of breast cancer in women. According to the findings, luteolin present in vegetables can counter the factors which cause breast cancer and enable the body ....

Natural Treatments for Osteoporosis in Women

By WLC Admin
Thursday, 10 September 2015

Treatments for OsteoporosisAs you age, there are a lot of different women's health issues that can come up. You have to worry about being healthy and living the life that you have always wanted, even as you get older. But ....

Endometrial Cancer is on the Rise: What You Need to Know

By WLC Admin
Thursday, 03 September 2015

Endometrial CancerCancer: it’s the word that no one wants to hear when visiting the doctor for a clean bill of health. It’s one of the few words that can turn your whole life upside down and make you worry that ....

Ovarian Cancer May Not Be as Fatal as Doctors Previously Thought

By WLC Admin
Thursday, 20 August 2015

Ovarian CancerOvarian cancer has been a hot topic women's health issue for many. Many doctors will ask women to come in for a yearly checkup in order to catch the cancer early on and to get the best results. Ovarian cancer ....

The Importance of Probiotics for Women of All Ages

By WLC Admin
Friday, 24 July 2015

Probiotics for WomenThere are so many challenges that a woman faces in her health and her life overall. The problem is that women are so much more susceptible to certain health conditions, and that’s enough to contend with. Then when you ....

Are Hot Flashes Related to Brain Changes in Women?

By WLC Admin
Thursday, 02 July 2015

hot flashes in womenHot flashes are a thing that many women will have to deal with at one point or another. When menopause starts to come around, one thing that most women are not looking forward to are those hot ....

Risks of Being Overweight After Menopause

By WLC Admin
Thursday, 25 June 2015

Risks of Being OverweightBeing a woman means that you go through a wide array of different phases in your life as the years go on. You will find that with each phase comes with some wonderful things, and also some things ....

What You Need to Know About the New Ovarian Cancer Screening Method

By WLC Admin
Thursday, 28 May 2015

Ovarian Cancer ScreeningA new ovarian cancer screening test has been developed which involves close examination of the blood. So, in simple terms, it can be said that this new method is a blood test. It can speed up the testing process. ....

The Effects of Alcohol on Women's Health

By WLC Admin
Wednesday, 06 May 2015

Women like to go out for a drink with the buddies just as much as the men do, but they might be in for more than just a nice buzz when all is said and done. In fact, the effects of alcohol on women’s health might come as a shock ....

The Weight and Menstrual Cycle Connection

By WLC Admin
Thursday, 30 April 2015

Weight and Menstrual CycleFor women, the monthly cycle can bring many ups and downs. It can be a lot to deal with all of the physical symptoms, including headaches, backaches, and even cramps before and during the cycle. In addition, you ....

Stem Cell Test Could Detect Aggressive Breast Cancer

By WLC Admin
Thursday, 19 March 2015

Stem Cell TestUp until now, aggressive cancer detection and treatment options were very time-consuming processes that often lead people to become even sicker. However, new discoveries in the medical field are now allowing doctors to detect and diagnose aggressive breast cancer ....

Exposure to Mercury in Seafood Linked to Autoimmune Disease

By WLC Admin
Wednesday, 04 March 2015

mercury in seafoodToday, we already have enough to worry about in terms of maintaining a clean bill of health, but it seems as though another concern is being added to our plates. Recent clinical studies are clearly showing how the ....

How Can Women Recognize the Silent Symptoms of Heart Disease?

By WLC Admin
Thursday, 26 February 2015

Symptoms of Heart DiseaseWhen you think about heart disease, you probably think of this as a condition that affects people much later in life. For most of us, this is not a health problem that we consider to hit the young ....

Coffee May Reduce the Risk of Endometrial Cancer

By WLC Admin
Thursday, 19 February 2015

Risk of Endometrial CancerWell, it turns out that your morning cup of java might be doing more than just giving you a pep in your step. Recent studies are showing how coffee may reduce the risk of endometrial cancer by a ....

The Main Causes of Early Menopause

By WLC Admin
Thursday, 12 February 2015

causes of early menopauseWomen have a lot to think about with their health, and it can sometimes be overwhelming. Thinking through good health in the short term is hard enough, and therefore long term concerns are there but often harder ....

Is the Flu Shot Effective?

By WLC Admin
Friday, 30 January 2015

Flu Shot EffectiveIn a time when Eastern medicine techniques and holistic practices are sweeping the nation, more and more people are asking, “Is the flu shot effective?” Modern science is trying to keep up with the demand for answers, but the ....

New Microwave Imaging for Detecting Breast Cancer

By WLC Admin
Wednesday, 07 January 2015

Microwave ImagingWhen you are facing a life-threatening illness such as cancer, it truly pays to gather as much knowledge on the subject as possible. As rapidly as modern science develops new techniques and medicines, it only makes sense to begin learning ....

Symptoms of Stroke to Watch For

By WLC Admin
Friday, 28 November 2014

Symptoms of StrokeHaving a stroke is no laughing matter. When you think about the sheer number of people who suffer or die from a stroke, you then realize how serious it all really is. It is when you are able to ....

Why Do Women Disregard Heart Disease Symptoms?

By WLC Admin
Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Heart Disease SymptomsIt seems that since it’s such a common and frightening health problem, women would pay closer attention to heart disease symptoms. For some reason, though, it’s most often women who ignore the signs and then find themselves in a ....

 
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