Published: Wed, December 13, 2017
Medicine | By Rogelio Lindsey

Man flu: Study shows it's real, men aren't overreacting

Man flu: Study shows it's real, men aren't overreacting

As winter rolls into town, so does the flu and all its miserable symptoms. According to him "there are already many physiological differences between men and women, so it makes sense that we could differ in our responses to cold and flu viruses as well", reported the Health Day. It's "man flu", an infectious disease that renders healthy males utterly incapable of self-care.

Just in time for flu season, a in the Christmas issue of the British Medical Journal explores the science behind a debate that has annoyed sniffling, coughing men and infuriated women for years. He added the evidence suggests that, overall, women may be "more responsive to vaccinations than men".

Dr Sue went on to determine whether men really experience worse symptoms than women.

However, Dr. Kyle Sue, a clinical assistant professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada said the term is not scientifically proved but commonly used particularly in the United Kingdom. "Men are more susceptible to them, symptoms are worse, they last longer, and men are more likely to be hospitalized and die from the flu".

In opening his article, Sue notes that the term "man flu" has become so common that it has been included in the Oxford and Cambridge dictionaries and he wanted to "explore whether men are wimps or just immunologically inferior".

One investigation out of Hong Kong suggested that when the flu strikes, adult men face a greater risk for being admitted to the hospital than their female peers.

In response to the evidence Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of Global Positioning System said that there is no such thing as man flu, as she said 'flu is not sexist'.

Similarly, other evidence indicated that the onset of flu might trigger a stronger immune response amongst women than men. The study by Stanford University School of Medicine explains that men may actually suffer more when they are struck down with flu because the high levels of testosterone in them can weaken their immune response.

Research in cell cultures, animal models and humans shows that variants of the female hormone estrogen promote strong immunological responses to vaccinations and infections, Sue writes.

The analysis was published December 11 in the BMJ.

HollywoodLifers, are you compelled by Dr. Sue's research?

"Perhaps now is the time for male-friendly spaces, equipped with enormous televisions and reclining chairs, to be set up where men can recover from the debilitating effects of man flu in safety and comfort", Sue suggests.

"Medically treating both genders exactly the same will do both genders a disservice", Sue said. During the reproductive years, it is women who often suffer more severe disease, in part because flu is worse for pregnant women but also because women develop higher - nearly excessive - inflammatory responses to flu.

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