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Women Are Dying Because Doctors Treat Us Like Men

Source: Marie Claire

  • A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that women are seven times more likely than men to be misdiagnosed and discharged mid-heart-attack because doctors fail to recognize women’s symptoms.
  • There are many diseases and conditions that are more prevalent among women, and medical science has not discovered why. Women are up to four times more likely to have migraines and chronic fatigue, three times more likely to be diagnosed with autoimmune disorders, and twice as likely to have Alzheimer’s, rheumatoid arthritis, and depression. Nonsmoking women are three times more likely to get lung cancer than nonsmoking men.
  • Overall, female patients have a 1.5 to 1.7 times higher chance of having an adverse drug reaction. Research suggests that women metabolize drugs differently from men and thus may require distinct doses, yet dosages are rarely broken down by sex.