'Man Flu' Is Real, Researcher Says, So Cut Them Some Slack

'Man Flu' Is Real, Researcher Says, So Cut Them Some Slack

Sue's research, which was published this month in the British Medical Journal for its Christmas edition, also found that from a seasonal study in Hong Kong from 2004 to 2010, men had a higher risk of hospital admission because of the flu, CBC News noted.

The study also notes that research from the United States showed men had higher rates of deaths linked to flu compared to women of the same age, while data from Hong Kong shows men had a higher risk of winding up in hospital with seasonal flu than women.

Despite these contrary opinions, Sue believes that the available research points toward men suffering worse from colds and flu than women, but he called for "much better-quality research" to prove it.

Scientists have confirmed that the "man flu" is real. Many women have been complaining along the years that men exaggerate when they have the flu and that they complain a lot.

Testosterone may be the reason for suppressing men's immune systems, while a woman's sex hormone boosts theirs.

It turns out, at least according to Dr. Kyle Sue, that there is some evidence that the concept of "man flu" is real.

The so-called "man flu" has been a punchline for decades, but according to one expert it may be time to stop taking it lightly. It also pushes back against the idea that men crumble at the first sneeze - pointing to a study which found women were more likely than men to cut down activities when it came to minor respiratory illnesses.

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Researchers say there may be an evolutionary benefit to a less robust immune system, as it has allowed men to invest their energy in other biological processes, like growth and reproduction.

Apparently, men are more sensitive to flu. And it's certainly not a validation to men who misbehave when they're ill.

Though he intended the article simply as light fare for holiday readers, Sue's research is described as "just so" by Sabra L. Klein, associate professor at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

But she admitted that there is evidence men are more susceptible to certain respiratory infections.

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairwoman of the Royal College of General Practitioners in London, agrees. "This is supported by the finding that women report more local and systemic reactions to influenza vaccine than men in questionnaires", Dr. Sue wrote.

Sue also explored whether there was an evolutionary explanation for why men might experience worse symptoms than women when it comes to viral respiratory infections.

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

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