Recognition of gender and ethnicity from the health aspect has become increasingly imperative for medical practitioners. They are realizing the importance of evaluating health risk factors for both male and female, majority and minority groups, and young and old citizens. As diverse as the patients are, so are the groups who diagnose them. They are responsible for perceiving, evaluating, coping with health issues from their own and from the patient's cultural perspectives in order to effectively prevent diseases from spreading. Due to our dependence on gender, ethnicity, age and sexual orientation to understand the health issues, it is critical that we are not bias against any particular group of individuals. However, the reverse has been observed in both the medical field as well as outside it. Women more than men and minority groups more than the majority are more vulnerable to depression, eating disorders, sexual diseases as well as the minority group.
[...] Its ongoing nature demands that lupus patients be treated as soon as they are diagnosed. The fact that they are deprived of such proper medical attention only show that social construct does allow for abnormal conditions. Society as Davis writes of is always in search of perfection. Wherever there is imperfection, they tend to rectify it by segregation, discrimination or simply by eradicating them from the society. This is the reason why, one observe that lupus patients are discriminated against based on their conditions, and even more if they belong to the female gender or the minority groups. [...]
[...] Other studies reveal that increasing estrogen might result in heart disease and even flare up the lupus risk level (Petri 2002). There is no clear way for curing lupus but every attempt is being made to "cure" lupus (as we know it is incurable) because the society cannot tolerate individuals who seems normal but do not work, operate and lead lives like they do. Furthermore, social construct dictate that women carry out their social and sex roles therefore they are not entitled to have lupus symptoms (Eisler and Hersen 231). [...]
[...] These patients are greatly affected by renal disease a form of lupus called lupus nephritis. The condition is worsen because these minority groups along with those of Chinese ancestry tend to have later diagnosis of the disease perhaps due to the deprivation of medical insurance, medical compliance and other social amenities. Could the lack of medical attention and services result in lupus? Perhaps not But it could contribute to delay in diagnosis, remedial measures and hence resulting in aggravation of the disease. [...]
[...] The common diseases that stem from autoimmune disorder include multiple sclerosis rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The cause for the presence of auto antibodies has not been identified clearly by medical researchers but could be attributed to a whole list of possible causes such as substance like drugs, virus, and environmental toxins. The resulting causes include antigens to become antigenic and cause autoimmune reactions; cross reaction to antibodies against foreign substances; or due to defective t-lymphocytes (Chrisler and O'Hea 231). [...]
[...] Issue: Page Number: 5+. Quinn, P. America's disability policy: Another double standard? Affilia p. 45-59. Eisler, Richard M. and Hersen, Michel. Handbook of Gender, Culture and Health. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Mahwah, NJ p321 Chrisler, Joan C. and O'Hea, Erin L. "Gender, culture, and autoimmune disorders" from Handbook of Gender, Culture and Health. Richard M. [...]
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