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gender-based illnessVive la difference? Any condition that affects one sex more than the other and/or at an earlier age. See Female-based medicine.
Gender differences in disease & health
Autoimmune disease ↑ in ♀, eg fibromyalgia, SLE, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis
♀ advantages ↑ Igs, ergo ↑ resistance to viral infections; ♀ regain from anesthesia faster; ♀ develop CAD ±10 years later
♂ advantages ↑ Bone mass at peak maturity; ↓ susceptible to tobacco exposure, TMJ syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, interstitial cystitis, and UTIs
Others Organ transplants are more successful in same-gender donation; there are ♂:♀ differences in drug metabolism; ♀ have faster heart rates and may have higher LDL-C (AMN 15/4/96, p16)
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