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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

Ways to Prevent Cervical Cancer

By WLC Admin
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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 ....

Are Birth Control Implants Really Safe?

By WLC Admin
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Birth Control ImplantsThere are so many conveniently effective birth control options available on the modern market that it can sometimes seem like an impossible task to choose the safest one. For some women, the birth control implant seems to be the ....

5 Important Steps to Take to Prevent Ovarian Cancer

By WLC Admin
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Prevent Ovarian CancerThis is a scary condition that women may worry about, but you may find that it’s easier than you thought to prevent ovarian cancer. This type of cancer may be manageable if you are proactive. Extreme measures are not ....

Birth Control Options for Women with Severe PMS

By WLC Admin
Wednesday, 07 May 2014

pms birth control optionsSince PMS has gotten so much attention in recent years, many doctors are trying to find the best birth control options to help manage related symptoms. Though not all birth control pills are made alike, they may offer ....

Natural Ways to Combat PMS Symptoms

By WLC Admin
Wednesday, 02 April 2014

combat PMS symptomsIf you suffer from PMS, then you want to know the best ways to combat PMS symptoms. This is a frequently misunderstood health concerned, mostly because many people do not regard it as a legitimate or serious issue. There ....

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By WLC Admin
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HPV Vaccine Helps Protect Against Cervical Cancer

By WLC Admin
Wednesday, 19 February 2014

HPV VaccineThe HPV Vaccine is a vaccine that helps prevent cervical cancer which is caused by the Human Papilloma Virus which is where the acronym HPV comes from. The discovery of HPV is fairly new and the formulation of the HPV ....

What is Cellulite?

By WLC Admin
Friday, 27 January 2012

What do 90% of women all ages’ shapes and sizes have in common? Cellulite. Cellulite is basically deposits of fat found under the skin. It is created when estrogen works on subcutaneous (under the skin) fat tissue causing it to degrade which decreases circulation and builds up excess toxins. The ....

Breast Cancer

By WLC
Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer among women and affects approximately one million women worldwide. Breast cancer accounts for 30 per cent of all female cancers in the UK and approximately 1 in 9 women in the UK will get breast cancer sometime during their life.   Here are ....

Cervical Cancer

By WLC
Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Cervical cancer is a malignant cancer of the cervix. It can also be easily detected by regular screening. However, most women who develop cervical cancer have not been screened in the three years prior to their diagnosis. Only some women with pre-cancerous changes of the cervix will develop cancer. This ....

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

By WLC
Wednesday, 26 October 2011

For many years, women have been prescribed Estrogen with or without Progestin Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) to relieve some of the symptoms of menopause. However, recent scientific studies have identified significant risks associated with this therapy.   Hormone Replacement Therapy Drugs HRT products have been approved by Health Canada to ....

Obesity-Cancer Link Unknown to Many Women

By WLC
Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Many women don't know that obesity increases their risk of several types of cancer, a new survey published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology shows.   Women's lack of knowledge about excess weight and the most common gynecologic malignancy, endometrial cancer, is particularly worrying, Dr. Pamela T. Soliman of M. ....

 
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