WHY DO MOST WOMEN SURVIVE TRAUMA BETTER THAN MEN? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Middle-aged women who experience trauma and blood loss survive better than men of the same age with similar injuries, a Johns Hopkins study led by Adil Haider has shown.
HAIDER: We looked at children who wouldn’t have had hormones yet, 13 and below, and then adults who would have hormones, 13 and we took it all the way up to 65, and then 65 and above. And we found that at the extremes of age there was no difference in survival but in the hormonal age group or the age group with the most hormone activity, we found that there was substantial difference, about 16% better survival, for women. :23
Haider says it’s hard to tell if too much of the male hormone testosterone is the culprit, or whether estrogens and other female hormones are offering a protective effect, or both. The results do seem to suggest that using drugs to reduce testosterone in traumatically injured men may be of benefit. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.