Men and women may need different medicines
New research by a team of German scientists has found significant differences between the male and female metabolism that may change medicine's approach to treating patients.
The scientists analysed more than 3,000 different blood samples and found men and women have considerable differences in 101 of the 131 metabolites present in human blood.
Scientists say the physical difference between the sexes is so great that doctors should consider using different medical treatments on men and women.
The study of metabolomics, which looks within the small molecules of blood cells, is an emerging area of interest for Australian researchers.
Garth Maker from the School of Veterinary and Biomedical Science at Murdoch University in Perth is a specialist in the field.
He said the new study, which looked at sugars and amino acids in the blood, would help scientists to understand diseases and formulate new medicines, and help doctors to diagnose illnesses more quickly.
"[Metabolomics] is really pushing in the same direction that the genomic research [the study of DNA] has been indicating to us for the last couple of decades," Dr Maker said.