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Health Differences Between Men and Women

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Men and women are very much alike in many ways. However, a few key nutrient and health conditions separate us. Here are 3 of those differences.

Talk with your healthcare practitioner about these and other nutrient requirements based on your unique situation.

Vitamins and Mineral Needs

  • Calcium. For women, a higher-calcium diet can support bone health and prevent osteoporosis. For men, on the other hand, too much calcium could contribute to prostate cancer. (1)

  • Iron. Pre-menopausal women lose iron during their menstrual period every month. That's why the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) is higher for premenopausal women (18 mg a day) than for men (8 mg). (1) Everyone -- men and women -- should avoid excess iron, which can trigger dangerous free radicals. (2, 3)

  • Selenium. This mineral could potentially reduce the risk for prostate cancer, leading some experts to recommend 200 micrograms a day for men (about four times above the RDA). (1)

Nutrient Needs during Pivotal Times

Females have specific nutrient needs during pregnancy and other important life changes. Women have a higher risk for osteoporosis during menopause, for instance, which increases the demand for certain nutrients like calcium and vitamin D. (4)

Conditions that Impact Men and Women Differently

  • Thyroid issues. One in eight women will develop thyroid problems during her lifetime, and females are five to eight times more likely than males to have thyroid problems. (5) A few symptoms are unique among men: Low sperm count, loss of muscle mass, and erectile dysfunction. (6)

  • Osteoporosis When estrogen levels drop during menopause, bone loss can occur (since estrogen protects your bone) and your chance for osteoporosis increases. (7) That helps explain why about 80 percent of the estimated 10 million Americans with osteoporosis are women. (7) After age 50, about one in two women will break a bone because of osteoporosis. (7) Men are also at risk, especially as they age. After age 50, about one in four males can break a bone due to osteoporosis. (8)

  • Heart disease. For women, heart disease develops seven to ten years later. (9) That doesn't make it any less dangerous: Heart disease is still the major cause of death in women (especially after 65). (9) Menopause, characterized by metabolic changes, like weight gain, can especially increase a woman's risk for heart problems. (9)

Depression. Women are nearly twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with depression, which can occur at any age including after pregnancy or during menopause. (10) Studies show starting at puberty, young females have the greatest risk for major depression and mental disorders. (11) Depression can manifest as many symptoms, including sadness or other unpleasant feelings. (10) Men also suffer from depression, yet research shows they are less likely to recognize, talk about, and seek treatment. (12)

Talk with your healthcare practitioner about how our Core and Advanced Plan can help manage these and other conditions. Additionally, consider a nutrient protocol (for men and women) as well as the right lifestyle strategies (including exercise) that addresses your specific condition.

Please discuss with your healthcare practitioner about specific strategies to address your unique health conditions or concerns. Never modify any medications or other medical advice without your healthcare practitioner's consent.

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