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How do digestive diseases affect men differently than women?

In men, the muscle that separates the stomach from the esophagus, called the lower esophageal sphincter, closes less forcefully than it does for women. For this reason, a man's esophagus may have less protection from stomach acids than a woman's. Ulcerative colitis, a type of inflammatory bowel disease, affects more men than women.

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