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How Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects Women Differently

HealthiNation discusses how rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affects women differently and features insight from Iris Navarro-Millan, MD, rheumatologist at HSS.

Dr. Navarro-Millan said, “If there is something there that is tickling here or there, [the immune system] starts getting angry and starts attacking it quickly. It starts identifying things [like] your joints as foreign intruders.”

She continued, “Men’s immune systems tend to [let] them pass. ‘Eh, it’s okay. You can hang out there.’ But women’s immune systems [are] going to just go straight and attack it, even if it’s your own organ.”

Watch the full video interview at Healthination.com.