Monday, January 23, 2012

Women With Diseases Feel More Pain Then Men

It’s now proven that women with common diseases feel more pain than men with the same disease. A study by Stanford University School of Medicine investigators looked at how hospital patients with diseases reported their pain on a scale of one to ten, before being treated.

In all cases, women reported their pain to be higher.
“It's still not clear if women actually feel more pain than men do,” said Butte, one of the study authors. "But they're certainly reporting more pain than men do. We don't know why. But it's not just a few diseases here and there, it's a bunch of them -- in fact, it may well turn out to be all of them. No matter what the disease, women appear to report more-intense levels of pain than men do."
Although this is unrelated, it made me wonder if the same applies to working out. Can men endure higher level of pain during workouts? I can’t seem to find anything on this on the internet. But I know from working out with one of my guy friends the other day that his tolerance to the squats and jumps was just about the same as mine. :)

What do you think causes women to have more pain? Do you think that it means we are wimpier, as the study author is kind of implying above?

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