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6 CONDITIONS THAT AFFECT WOMEN MORE THAN MEN

Men are more likely to die from cirrhosis, Parkinson’s disease, colon cancer, and physical injuries. But certain serious conditions are known to target women exponentially more often than men. Here are six of the most common.

1 URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS

The main reason women get more UTIs? Simple anatomy. Because the urethra—the duct through which urine passes from the body—is shorter in women and closer to the anus, it’s easier for bacteria to migrate into the urinary tract and cause infections. Birth control methods, such as diaphragms or spermicides, and irritating feminine products can also contribute to the problem. To protect against UTIs, wipe from front to back after using the bathroom, empty your bladder as soon as possible after intercourse, and drink plenty of water—several studies have linked low urine output with increased risk of UTIs.

Supplemental support:

CRANBERRIES, in juice or capsules, are rich in proanthocyanidins, which may prevent bacteria, especially E. coli, from adhering to urinary tract cells.

• , a potent antimicrobial herb, also helps keep bacteria away from the bladder wall.

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