Is 'Man Flu' Real? Men Suffer More When Sick, Study Suggests

Man Flu is Actually a Real Condition

"I do think that the research does point towards men having a weaker immune response when it comes to common viral respiratory infections and the flu", writes Dr Kyle Sue, a clinical assistant professor in family medicine at the Memorial University of Newfoundland.

"While there are people who believe that "man flu" is an actual disease, and some men (and women) genuinely believe it is the reason they are unwell, there is little science to back this up", she concludes.

Bad news ladies - apparently the men in your lives are not overreacting when they whinge about coming down with the "man flu". Furthermore, there is evidence to suggest that men suffer from more respiratory illnesses than women because they have less robust immune systems.

A new Canadian study claims that respiratory illnesses may hit men harder than women.

Dr. Kyle Sue, a clinical assistant professor in family medicine at Memorial University in St. Johns, made a decision to study the available research to see if he could settle the debate with science.

A recent report in the British Medical Journal says the "man flu" does exist.

Or, are men simply whinier than women and act sicker when they have a bug? He pointed to two studies that used human samples that showed exposure to estrogen and oestradiol (prominently found in women) weakened normal flu symptoms.

He says past research shows that men have a weaker immune response to viral infections, therefore experiencing worse, and longer symptoms, compared to women.




He said his evidence suggests they really are more likely to be left bedbound by their illness.

In the journal, he points out that no scientific review has examined whether the term man flu "is appropriately defined or just an ingrained pejorative term with no scientific basis". "We already screen men earlier for cardiovascular diseases because they are more susceptible".

In light of these findings, Sue thinks the concept of man flu, may be unfair.

I wonder who funded this pointless #ManFlu research?

"In other words, can the blame for man flu be shifted to the people who select these men as sexual partners rather than the men themselves?" he added.

One other evolutionary theory Sue noted is that worse symptoms would lead a man to conserve his energy by lying on the couch, which helps him avoid a predator (his boss), and voila: His chances of survival are immediately improved.

"The best advice for anyone affected is to rest at home, drink plenty of fluids and to take over-the-counter painkillers", said Stokes-Lampard said.

And yet another study found that women tend to develop a stronger reaction to the flu vaccine than men, perhaps because higher testosterone levels among men tend to suppress the overall immune response, the review team suggested.

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