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It's a She Thing
It's a She Thing

By Margot Hedlin 

You may not be singing estrogen’s praises in the week leading up to your period, but this sex hormone deserves a bit of gratitude: It builds strong bones, protects against heart disease and makes your immune system stronger than a man’s. And if you measure life by the numbers, women come out ahead: In the United States, women live an average of six years longer than men. Yet there are a handful of diseases where women carry the brunt of the burden. Learn more about the health problems women are at higher risk for, and how to reduce your risk of getting these discriminatory diseases.


Margot Hedlin is a science and health writer living in San Francisco.

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