280/365 – Myasthenia gravis the sexist

Warning: the following post is meant to be taken with a pinch of salt. 

I’ve just watched Suffragette (brilliant) and I realised something for the first time: myasthenia gravis is a sexist. How can an auto-immune condition give preferential treatment to men over women you ask? I don’t have a clue how but it does. 

Let me explain. Men tend to have their first symptoms of MG in their 50-70s while women are commonly lumbered with it from their 20-40s Now tell me MG isn’t a sexist jerk! 

Men who will go on to develop MG get at least 10 years more than women to enjoy their lives. They get to enjoy their prime before MG comes along to disrupt their golden years. While, for the female of the species, the weakness hits just as we’re stepping into our prime. We may be young professionals hoping to climb the ladder, young mothers trying to find energy to play with out children or just trying to enjoy our youth and make every moment count. As if the world isn’t already geared towards men without our immune systems giving a helping hand. 

As I said above, this is written with my tongue firmly in my cheek and  is not meant to be a pop at men. I know there are many disadvantages of MG coming on later in life – you’ve worked hard and just as you’re about to enjoy yourself this condition takes away your strength. However I did notice something interesting when ‘researching’. I couldn’t find any research looking at why women develop MG earlier. Hopefully I’m just missing it or there is a very obvious reason I’ve not been told – please share in the comments below if you know of any relevant/significant research. 

4 thoughts on “280/365 – Myasthenia gravis the sexist”

  1. If it makes you feel any better, I’m male and 24 years old with myasthenia. I’ve even showed many signs of the disease for years. I don’t think it’s sexist at all.

    1. As I say Joey – it was a tongue in cheek post and of course it does not make me feel better to know that young men are also having so many of their years affected by MG.. I’ve met quite a few young men with the condition so know there are exceptions – but the average is MG affects women between 20-40 and men between 50-70.

  2. Im also a male 21 years old with MG since almost a year ago, I was mad when i got it beacuse like you I read that women get it more often at this age.
    But i have read that MG is caused by continous stress, anxiety and basically repressed feelings thats why women get it easier and sooner.

    1. Sorry to hear that Alex – difficult no matter what your age and gender but I can understand why you would be very frustrated.

      Interesting about what you think caused MG – where did you get that information from?

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