According to Everyday Health, some of the autoimmune diseases that affect significantly more women than men are:
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. For every man who develops Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, a disease in which the thyroid gland is attacked by the immune system, 10 women develop it.
- Graves’ disease. Graves’ diseases, which is when autoimmunity causes the thyroid gland to become overly active, occurs seven times more frequently in women than men.
- Multiple sclerosis (MS). Women are twice as likely as men to develop MS, a disease that affects the myelin sheath that covers nerves.
- Myasthenia gravis. For every man who develops myasthenia gravis, a disease that affects skeletal muscles, two women develop it.
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus).Lupus, which occurs when the immune system attacks organs and joints throughout the body, affects nine times as many women as men.
- Rheumatoid arthritis. For every five women who develop rheumatoid arthritis, a disease of the joint tissue, only two men develop it.
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