Whether it’s the physical or physiological anatomy, genetic makeup or hormonal levels, there is a clear disparity between the two genders. However, classing certain diseases to one gender can put the other one at serious health risks.

The truth is that while men may be less prone to certain conditions, they are not completely safe. We tell you about six so-called women’s diseases that can also affect men.

1. Osteoporosis
While one in three women are at the risk of osteoporosis, one in five men could also get affected by the disease. Though the declining levels of estrogen in women post menopause increases their chances, age is a big risk factor, too. This is why men should not ignore their bone health. Experts recommend a bone density test after the age of 45 for all men. You may also want to try these four herbs to prevent osteoporosis.

2. Breast Cancer
It’s rare, but men do get breast cancer—about 2,350 US men every year—and about 440 die from it, according to the American Cancer Society and research suggests that the numbers are on a gradual rise. Men don’t usually account for the warning signs that reduce prognosis and survival rates. Experts recommend that men over the age of 50, of African-American descent and who are obese, may be more prone to breast cancer. So, if you notice any unusual lumps, knots or skin abnormalities around your chest, visit your doctor. Here are six foods that help prevent breast cancer.

3. Thyroid Problems
Yes, the butterfly-shaped organ does malfunction mostly in women, accounting for either increase or decrease of thyroid hormones. But while women are five to eight times more likely to suffer from thyroid abnormalities, men may be equally prone. Watch out for these signsextreme fatigue, unexplained weight gain, muscle weakness, irritability and sleep disturbances. Also read about these nine thyroid irritants that might be compromising its function.

4. Eating Disorders
If you think anorexia was only a female issue, you’re wrong. Statistics say that 10 to 15 percent of people suffering from bulimia or anorexia are males. However, they are less likely to seek treatment, which increases their risk of several diseases like heart problems, organ failure and bone loss. Experts say that men too feel the pressure of being thin, which makes them skip meals intentionally, go that extra mile with rigorous workouts and develop food aversions. Here’s your personal guide to overcome eating disorders.

5. Urinary Infections
If you suffer from an enlarged prostate, kidney stones or any abnormal condition concerning your urethra, then you sure fall in the high risk group for developing a bladder infection. Symptoms include frequent urination, changes in the urine color and appearance (cloudy), a burning sensation while passing urine and a low-grade fever. Eat these five foods to treat UTI naturally.

6. Depression
Depression may present itself differently in men as compared to women. Women are twice more likely than men to be diagnosed with depression, possibly due to the stigma attached with the disease. And though women vent their feelings by crying and discussing it, men tend to be more aggressive and may feel a lot more irritable, frustrated and dejected than their female counterparts. Untreated depression may make men turn to drugs, alcohol or engage in risky behavior like suicide. Learn all about depression and how to treat it naturally here.

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