'Man flu' debate rages again, thank to this (male) scientist

Man Flu is Actually a Real Condition

For instance, he cites epidemiological data from Hong Kong showing that men were more likely than women to be admitted to a hospital for any reason between 2004 and 2010, and a USA study that found higher rates of flu-related deaths for men than for women between1997 and 2007.

"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".

Ah, the "man flu" - dreaded by the men who suffer from it and the people who have to care for them.

It's a term mocking a man's ability to handle the flu, but a Canadian doctor is throwing his support behind the phenomenon that men are affected differently when they fall ill and argues it's due to weaker immune systems.

Other studies from Hong Kong and the United States have found that, compared with women, men have a higher risk for hospital admission and death from the flu.

That skepticism led Memorial University of Newfoundland clinical assistant professor Kyle Sue to wonder whether men were just being wimps, or if their immune systems were actually inferior.

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

Sue also found that pre-menopausal women are better than men at fighting off a common cold.

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. But, a new study shows that it's real. 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.

I wonder who funded this pointless #ManFlu research?

While none of the studies is conclusive, Sue suggests we should give men the benefit of the doubt and concludes: "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".

Still, some research suggests that men have more severe respiratory tract infection symptoms than women, she said.

However Dr Sue observed that men might get sicker from flu as an important strategy for survival from caveman times such as lying on the couch, not getting out of bed, or receiving assistance with activities could be evolutionary behaviours that protect against predators.

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

One potential study, he said, could examine whether men with strong immune systems are less successful at mating compared with attractive, high-testosterone men with weaker immune systems.

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