What Is Man Flu? Canadian Doctor Claims Men Suffer More When Sick

Man Flu Might Be Real After All, Claims Academic

Men may actually get sicker from respiratory viruses and may not be just exaggerating their symptoms, says Dr. Kyle Sue.

In an article in The British Journal of Medicine, Dr. Kyle Sue, exhausted of being accused of overreacting when it came to getting a cold, turned to empirical research on the subject to determine whether "men really experience worse symptoms and whether this could have any evolutionary basis".

Dr Sue, defending his findings (and his gender), suggested the worse symptoms felt by men could be explained by evolutionary theory.

A clinical assistant professor in family medicine at Memorial University in St. Johns, Newfoundland Dr. Sue said, "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".

Perhaps, they need to be shown a little more sympathy with scientists confirming that the man flu is real with men suffering more during the common cold than women.

Similarly, other evidence indicated that the onset of flu might trigger a stronger immune response amongst women than men.

He added, "Is it that women are more resilient, that they are able to juggle more when they are ill, or is it that they don't have as severe symptoms?"

It's not clear why men may have a weaker immune response to respiratory viruses, but hormones could play a role, with the "female" hormone estrogen, in particular, providing a protective effect against these viruses, Sue said.

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

"Can the blame for man flu be shifted to the people who select these men as sexual partners rather than the men themselves?"

Also, she found that males are more susceptible to complications and exhibit a higher mortality due to many acute respiratory diseases.

"The point I want to make is that whether males or females suffer more really depends a lot on our age", said Klein, whose own research is referenced by Sue.

Important new research also highlights the supreme palliative benefits of a sofa and a tv to #ManFlu sufferers.

But he suggested that the findings to date indicate that the "man flu" has some basis in reality.

"Classic modes of energy conservation may include lying on the couch, not getting out of bed, or receiving assistance with basic activities of daily living, which could all be effective for avoiding predators", Sue explains.

"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.

Sue's study also considered the hypothesis that testosterone may have a relationship to influenza by acting to suppress the male immune system.

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