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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

Are Antiperspirants Harmful to Women's Health?

By WLC Admin
Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Antiperspirants HarmfulThere are so many things to worry about these days, so when one asks, “Are antiperspirants harmful to women’s health?” it can send up an alarm signal. With breast cancer on the rise and so many health issues in general ....

What to Expect When You Get a Mammogram

By WLC Admin
Tuesday, 18 November 2014

get a mammogramIt’s not a part of life that any woman looks forward to, but if you get informed before you get a mammogram, then you’ll be in much better shape. The reality is that this can be a life-saving ....

A New Drug Could Combat Cervical Cancer

By WLC Admin
Thursday, 13 November 2014

Combat Cervical CancerIt is normally looked at as a dire situation, but there are new methods coming about all the time to combat cervical cancer. This is great news for those who may have a family history of this disease. It ....

How Women Can Naturally Balance Hormones

By WLC Admin
Tuesday, 28 October 2014

balance hormones naturallyAs a modern woman, you are indeed a complex and complicated being. As a woman with a hormone imbalance, however, you are probably a force to reckon with. Having issues with your body’s hormone levels is no walk in ....

Hypercalcemia Can Be Early Indicator of Certain Types of Cancer

By WLC Admin
Monday, 06 October 2014

HypercalcemiaIf you have never heard of hypercalcemia, then it’s definitely time to learn about this condition. Not only can this condition be destructive on its own, but it may also lead to more serious medical conditions moving forward. Therefore, this is ....

Urine Test for HPV May Be an Alternative for Cervical Cancer Screening

By WLC Admin
Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Urine Test for HPVAccording to the most recent studies on the subject, a disturbing number of young women in the modern world eventually contract or develop HPV in one way or another. Up until now, young women had to undergo blood ....

Breast Implants May Lead to Rare Lymphoma

By WLC Admin
Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Breast ImplantsIf you are one of those women who has been seriously considering breast implants, you probably want to know all about the possible risks and dangers associated with the procedure. Although your plastic surgeon will most likely go through all ....

Wearing Bras Is Unrelated to Breast Cancer Risk

By WLC Admin
Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Breast Cancer RiskSeeing as it’s a disease that has affected so many people, especially women, understanding breast cancer risk is crucial. If you have a family history of this, or if you are just somebody who is concerned overall, then ....

New Blood Test May Result in Ovarian Cancer Tailored Treatments

By WLC Admin
Tuesday, 23 September 2014

ovarian cancer tailored treatmentWhen it comes to certain diseases, research can offer great new hope—such as what a simple but effective blood test can do in terms of ovarian cancer tailored treatments. This is a development with which few of us ....

The Quickest Ways to Ease Painful Periods

By WLC Admin
Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Ease Painful PeriodsDealing with your monthly cycle can be a pain, literally. Most women dread menstruation for a whole list of good reasons, typically spending lots of their energies worrying about how they are going to ease painful periods when the ....

Older Women Can Reduce Risk of Irregular Heartbeat with Physical Activity

By WLC Admin
Thursday, 04 September 2014

Risk of Irregular Heartbeat in WomenWomen automatically have a whole gamut of health-related concerns about which they tend to get worried, so most women do not want to hear about any more potential issues. Dealing with the risk of irregular heartbeat ....

Why Are Women at a Higher Risk for Heart Disease?

By WLC Admin
Tuesday, 26 August 2014

risk for heart diseaseIt’s something that you may not want to think about, but the risk for heart disease tends to be greater in women. This has led many health experts to explore the causes underlying this issue. Those who have ....

Women's Health Affected by Dieting at a Young Age

By WLC Admin
Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Dieting at a Young AgeIt’s a common issue for women to take on dieting at a young age and then experience negative consequences. Though we may tend to think of dieting as a smart way of learning to manage the way ....

High Cholesterol May Increase Risk of Breast Cancer

By WLC Admin
Tuesday, 29 July 2014

risk of breast cancerWhen you don’t take care of yourself or nurture your body, then problems like the risk of breast cancer may become greater and greater. It’s not something that we like to think of often, but the reality ....

Acupuncture May Reduce Menopausal Hot Flashes

By WLC Admin
Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Reduce Menopausal Hot FlashesPerhaps you have heard about acupuncture, but you may not realize how much it can help to reduce menopausal hot flashes. Many people don’t realize that acupuncture is an excellent homeopathic treatment that can help with a wide ....

What You Should Know about 3D Mammograms

By WLC Admin
Thursday, 24 July 2014

3D MammogramsTaking care of your health is of extreme importance, especially if you are a modern aging woman. Understanding and managing the condition of your body, namely your breasts, is vital to proper overall health and extended longevity. If you bypass ....

Are Annual Pelvic Exams Necessary for Women?

By WLC Admin
Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Annual Pelvic ExamAn increasingly frequent question in women’s health is “Are annual pelvic exams necessary for all women?” The answer may seem like common sense to some, as they have had such exams every single year for their entire lives. ....

Birth Control May Affect What Types of Men a Woman Is Attracted To

By WLC Admin
Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Birth ControlOkay ladies, it’s time to listen up. It seems as though studies are now proving how the type of birth control you take may ultimately affect what kind of man you end up being attracted to. Using effective contraceptives becomes ....

New Hormone Pill Could Help Women with Multiple Sclerosis

By WLC Admin
Thursday, 19 June 2014

Women with Multiple SclerosisYou might never before have heard of a hormone pill called estriol, but it can be life-changing for women with multiple sclerosis. Though this has become a much more manageable disease for those who suffer from it, quality ....

Ways to Prevent Cervical Cancer

By WLC Admin
Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Prevent Cervical CancerDid you know that cervical cancer is the easiest type of gynecological cancer to prevent? In fact, it is curable, too—that is, if you know what you are doing. In order to prevent cervical cancer from showing up on ....

 
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