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The Health Gap

Health research has not always considered the impact of sex and gender differences. Women were often not included in research studies, and when they were included, the results may not have been analyzed by sex. For women, that means that treatments, services and programs based on that research may not be as effective or relevant as they could be. This is the Health Gap

Below you'll find topics that explore elements of the Health Gap.

The Health Gap: social determinants of health
One of the questions many people have asked in response to our Health Gap campaign is, how can there be a health gap when Canada has universal healthcare? It’s an excellent question, and one that brings up some crucial issues affecting health.

The Health Gap: why focus on women's health when men get sick, too?
One of the reasons Women’s College Hospital launched the Health Gap campaign was to start a conversation about important women's health issues. We’re very excited about the feedback we’ve received and the opportunity to talk about what we’re hearing. Several people asked why Women’s College focuses on women’s health when men get sick, too – often with the same conditions.

Why diabetes is a greater heart health risk for women than men
Diabetes is a major risk factor for heart disease in both men and women. However, it has a greater impact on women’s heart health than men’s. 

Diabetes has health effects unique to women
In Canada, diabetes now affects over 1 million women. The fastest-growing group of diabetes patients is women under age 49, and this increasing burden of diabetes in younger women has broader implications for women’s health.

Hypertension for her: high blood pressure affects women differently than men
High blood pressure – or hypertension – is common in both men and women, especially as we age. However, it tends to follow different patterns over the course of men’s and women’s lifetimes.

Women and opioid addiction
The number of patients prescribed opioid pain medications has increased considerably in recent years. Along with the increase in prescriptions, there has also been an increase in the number of people – including women – who become addicted to these medications. 

Income level may affect diabetes risk
The risk of developing diabetes may be significantly greater in lower income groups compared to higher income groups, a new study from Women’s College Research Institute and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences shows.

Rising rates of Type 2 diabetes in young women
More young women are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, which may affect their child-bearing years.

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