Dr. Eric Ruderman shares why women get arthritis more often than men.
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It’s a great question that we don’t know the answer to that. We do know that many perhaps most kinds of arthritis are more common in women than men. A lot of the times when inflammatory arthritis which have an immune basis seemed to be more common to women then women seemed to be more prone to autoimmune diseases than men do. Some people think it’s hormonal related. It may actually be genetic. There are different genes on the X chromosome versus the Y chromosome and may have some input. But the bottom line is we don’t entirely understand that. For the degenerative arthritis, that’s often where common to women than men as well. And again, we think there are maybe hormonal component to it but there also maybe just differences in the tissue, in the joints in women versus men that make it more prone to wearing out overtime.
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