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.