Gender Differences Add Up to More Arthritis Woes for Women
However, further research is needed to understand how gender disparity may someday affect prevention and treatment.
The news isnít good for women: A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysis, published in the May 2007 Journal of Womenís Health, found that arthritis not only affects women more than men, but it also creates greater limitations, distress, and pain in them. "There are clearly some differences in the patterns we see in men and women," says Susan M. Joy, M.D., director of Womenís Sports Health at Cleveland Clinic. Research has found that women and men do indeed differ in how they experience musculoskeletal problems as well as the attendant pain. Studies and statistics show that women are more prone to osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, and even fractures. In fact, 16 million of the 21 million Americans diagnosed with osteoarthritis are women.