Gender Differences Affecting Health & Function
The bottom line is that there is more to the diffrence between men and women than the obvious. Not only are we built differently, anatomically, but we have a significantly different array of hormones. Not that the hormones themselves are completely different, but the amounts, and how those amounts change month to month, and over the years, is. There is also differences in how males and females access, and have access to, medical care, how they deal with health care practitioners, and how health care practitioners deal with them. Then there's the fact that most drugs are tested on adult men and dosing is usually set based on that research. Given that about half the population is female, and most females are smaller than men (though some females may be larger than small men), this has historically led to patients being treated equally when they were anything but.
In fact, research is only now beginning to explore the biochemical and other differences that result in differences in the way males and females respond to infection, pain, drugs, and more. The articles and links at this page will touch upon some of the findings and resources available to those who wish to look at this issue further.
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