Women’s Health

Women cope better with illness and disease than men and, with proper care, can lead a healthy life to ripe old age

3/2/2017 3:34:01 PM
written By : Dr Digamber Naik Print

John Gray wrote in 1996 ‘Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus.’ The book became a bestseller. Of course, the book was to improve the man- woman relationship.

From time immemorial, a host of scholars, poets, gurus have discoursed volumes on how men and women are different. Yes, they are different in every aspect from anatomy and physiology to sociology and psychosociology. But we doctors have not tried to understand this great difference – except when it comes to the reproductive system. 

Yes, women are different from men when it comes to health and medicine.

Women are supposed to have better and stronger immunology with better ability to heal or survive a sickness. 

Women will outshine men in prevention of all diseases whether they are primary (before the disease has happened), secondary (after the disease has set in) or tertiary (to prevent complications or in reducing the impact of the disease). Hence, as a doctor, I look at treatment of women in a different way than treatment of men. 

In most cases, women need fewer medicines and less counselling than men in the same situation.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women, but we give more attention to breast cancer, a much smaller cause of death. It is time we start paying more attention to this aspect. Besides medical history, we must start looking at a number of biomarkers of cardiovascular diseases in women like high sensitivity C-reactive proteins, ankle brachial index, leucocyte count, fasting blood glucose, periodontal diseases, carotid intima media thickness, coronary artery calcification score, electron beam CT, homocysteine, lipoprotein.

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