Diseases More Common in Females That Can Also Affect Men
1. Urinary tract infections (UTIs)
Women are more prone to contracting urinary tract infections because their urinary tracts are closer to the anus, also their tract is smaller compared to men. Hence, bacteria and other microbes take comparatively lesser time to travel and infect the bladder. The renal system includes the bladder, ureters, kidneys, and urethra. Bacteria first affects the lower urinary organs like bladder and ureters and cause bladder infections.
If not treated at the right time, they can spread to the upper urinary tract and cause severe complications.
Some complicated conditions are kidney stones, prostate stones, or abnormal constrictions of the urethra, etc. UTIs manifest themselves through symptoms like pain/discomfort/burning sensation during urination, constant urge to urinate, the feeling of not being able to urinate enough, etc.
Mostly common in women, UTIs in men are also possible.
Who said only women can develop osteoporosis? While 1 of 3 women face the risk of developing osteoporosis, 1 out of 5 men are also susceptible to the disease. Women suffer from rapid bone loss after menopause. It compromises their bone density and raises the risk of fractures. However, men too can develop it by the time they are 65 to 70 years of age. This is because they lose their bone mask as rapidly as women.
Certain medical conditions and treatments expedite the process of losing bone density. These include thyroid problems, kidney diseases, prolonged usage of steroids, vitamin D deficiency, cancer therapies, etc.
3. Rheumatoid arthritis
According to the National Institutes of Health, “Two to three times as many women get rheumatoid arthritis as men, but it’s common enough in men”.
Men with lower levels of testosterone levels have been found to be a higher risk according to a study published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases in April 2013. Apart from that, smoking is another major factor behind the development of rheumatoid arthritis.
4. Breast cancer
One of the diseases more common in females is breast cancer. But it would surprise others to know that it can also occur in men.