Historically women were not included in medical studies because of concerns about hormone fluctuations and reproduction, as well as assumptions that besides reproduction systems, women and men are physiologically the same.
Today we know better.
There is much catching up to do and medical research is critical.
Here are just a few examples of what new research has discovered:
- •A recent government study revealed that 80 percent of the drugs withdrawn from the market are due to side effects on women.
- •Commonly used NSAID drugs are more likely to cause gastrointestinal side effects in women.
- •Heart attacks in both men and women can be characterized by an onset of chest pressure or pain. However, it is common for women to instead experience shortness of breath, pressure or pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen, dizziness, lightheadedness, upper back pressure or extreme fatigue. Women complain of not feeling right, being tired or not being able to get enough air. These are considered “atypical symptoms” even though they are typical for women.
- •Smoking is more dangerous for women because they are up to 70% more likely than men to get lung cancer when the same number of cigarettes are smoked. This is significant for younger women in light of the rise in vaping among today’s youth.
- •Conditions that can intensify in women pre-menstrually include arthritis, migraines, diabetes, depression and epilepsy.