What specific autoimmune diseases affect women more than men?

According to Everyday Health, some of the autoimmune diseases that affect significantly more women than men are:

  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. For every man who develops Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, a disease in which the thyroid gland is attacked by the immune system, 10 women develop it.
  • Graves’ disease. Graves’ diseases, which is when autoimmunity causes the thyroid gland to become overly active, occurs seven times more frequently in women than men.
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS). Women are twice as likely as men to develop MS, a disease that affects the myelin sheath that covers nerves.
  • Myasthenia gravis. For every man who develops myasthenia gravis, a disease that affects skeletal muscles, two women develop it.
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus).Lupus, which occurs when the immune system attacks organs and joints throughout the body, affects nine times as many women as men.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis. For every five women who develop rheumatoid arthritis, a disease of the joint tissue, only two men develop it.
This list is not all-inclusive. 
Last updated on May 05, 2017