JointHealth™ express   August 31, 2011

In this issue of JointHealth™ monthly:

Arthritis: A woman’s disease?

Women think, behave, and feel in different ways than men do. Even when it comes to health, women’s bodies respond differently. Diseases in women manifest and progress uniquely, women have different physical and emotional reactions to pain and stress, and medications can affect them in distinct ways.

Is arthritis a woman’s disease? Scientific research has shown that due to physiological and physical differences from men, women are more likely to get certain types of arthritis, such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis.

Do women view arthritis as a significant health threat? Though women are bombarded with health information, they may be missing vital, life saving facts about arthritis. Even women, who are aware of the risk, sometimes fail to personalize it, believing arthritis doesn’t happen to “people like me.”

In this issue of JointHealth™ monthly, Arthritis Consumer Experts focuses on arthritis as a “woman’s disease” and discusses why it tends to affect more women than men, how it affects the quality of women’s lives, and ends with a positive message about women taking control of arthritis.