"WE WANT TO EMPOWER WOMEN!"
THE INFLUENCE OF THE “GENDER DATA GAP” ON WOMEN’S HEALTH
Why are women's values still not taken into account when calculating the average temperature of air conditioning systems in companies or public spaces, in crash test dummies in the automotive industry or in product development of smartphone sizes? And there are many more examples of this.
Women represent half of the population, but their needs are not yet sufficiently taken into account in everyday society.
In the healthcare industry, it is not yet standard practice to adapt the development of medical devices or the dosage of medicines to the respective needs of women and men - so far only a distinction has been made according to age (children, adolescents, adults). However, medications have different effects on the female and male organisms. This is due, for example, to different metabolisms or differences in weight. This logically also results in differences in side effects.
When it comes to heart attacks, for example, it has only been noticed for a few years that the symptoms of heart attacks are very different in men and women.
Gender-specific data should generally be given greater consideration when dosing medications and dietary supplements. There are already some gender-specific products, that is, products designed specifically for women, for example. But the dosage and the reference value are again based on average values, which are predominantly influenced by men. However, this should not be the case with such preparations.
Studies show that women and men have different nutrient requirements, which can have a corresponding impact on absorption and supportive implementation in the body:
- This also applies to the area of sports nutrition. A study by the University of Freiburg showed that women need more protein than men in order to achieve similar muscular adaptation with the same strength training. There are also differences between the sexes when it comes to the dosage of creatine, a supplement used to improve performance in sports.
- But gender-specific data on dietary supplements is also important for vitamins and minerals. A study by the University of Stuttgart showed that women have a higher risk of developing vitamin D deficiency than men due to their hormonal fluctuations. Another study from the University of Vienna found that women have a higher risk of iron overdose compared to men.
In order to avoid health disadvantages for women and men, manufacturers of dietary supplements should pay more attention to gender-specific data. And consumers should also pay attention to the gender-specific dosage when choosing their dietary supplements so that optimal health support can be guaranteed.
Casimir is the first nutritional supplement company to provide gender-specific reference values where they already exist, thereby setting a new standard in the industry
WHY DO WE HAVE SEVERAL NRVS?
Manufacturers of dietary supplements in the EU are legally obliged to display the official reference values of the European Union (EU) Regulation (VO) on their products. These mandatory reference values of the Regulation (EU) are marked with an *. Unfortunately, this table from the VO (EU) only shows general average values that correspond to a male standard human being and does not differentiate between men and women. But since that's exactly what Casimir wants, we have to resort to the table of another official institution that shows gender-specific values - in this case the values of the DGE (German Society for Nutrition), which are also used by the consumer advice center, the RKI (Robert-Koch Institute) and is recommended by the government. For us, these DGE values are marked with two **. Therefore, we are unfortunately forced to work with two sources on our products, which can of course lead to confusion at first. The DGE also does not show general average values, like the VO (EU), but only different target groups, such as men, women, pregnant women or breastfeeding women.
On the casimir products you will first find the general average value of the VO (EU), because this is a legal obligation and then we voluntarily, as well as for personal and topic-relevant reasons, show the reference values of the DGE for women ♀. For reasons of space, you can only find the DGE reference values for men ♂ on our website. Since casimir wants to make a contribution to the gender data gap , our products are based on the optimal 100% NRV ♀. Many of our products are specifically developed for this purpose, but a few are not. Vitamins such as vitamin C or D3 only have a very low recommended reference value for daily intake in Germany, where there is a significant difference in direct comparison to other countries. Here, scientific opinions differ as to which reference quantity is the optimal one. Which is why we, together with our team of scientists and nutrition experts, have come to the conclusion that the reference value is >100%, which, however, cannot be equated with high doses. We would like to clearly distance ourselves from this at this point, which becomes apparent very quickly in a direct comparison with high-dose products from other providers.
We hope to have given you a small but understandable insight into the dense jungle surrounding the topic of nutritional supplements.