Sex, gender and the mechanisms of disease

Medical research did not always include women as participants or investigate the influence of sex and gender on health. This has now changed, and research is beginning to uncover ways in which sex as a biological variable (SABV) affects health. The social environment’s effect on our biology also is increasingly being acknowledged, along with data indicating that these effects vary by gender. Thus, both biological sex and gendered experience can play a role in the physiological mechanisms of disease.

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