Man Flu is Actually a Real Condition

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An article published by a Canadian physician in the British Medical Journal reviews medical studies going back to the 17th Century on the role of gender in influenza.

Apart from the mentioned studies, Dr. Sue also found a seasonal flu study from Hong Kong which showed that more men were admitted to the hospital between the years of 2004-2010.

The latter study held true regardless of underlying heart disease, cancer, chronic respiratory system disease, and renal disease.

More recently, Dr Sue set out to determine whether the term "man flu" is appropriate or accurate.

"The whole point of doing this article is to prove that men are not wimps", he said in an interview.

"The spirit of the issue is quite light hearted and often tackles quirky subjects".

"In my opinion, we do not yet have enough science to conclude that "man flu" is real", she said.

What Sue fails to note is that taking time off when the first symptoms of a cold strike-and not working through until you're so physically exhausted you're forced into the fetal position and need others to do your bidding-is clearly the healthier choice.

"Men may not be exaggerating symptoms but have weaker immune responses to viral respiratory viruses, leading to greater morbidity and mortality than seen in women".

A number of studies conducted in mice or human cell samples suggest that differences in male and female sex and stress hormones may affect influenza outcomes, to the benefit of women, Sue writes.

What he found was a good deal of evidence that is "suggestive of an immunity gap", though it's "certainly not definitive", he said.

In any case, it has to be said that the (non-peer reviewed) review is a joy to read.

It all comes down to our cavemen ancestors - men have weaker immune systems than women which used to be in order to stop them going out hunting when ill.

Moaning men complaining they have "man flu" - a much more serious and, if sufferers are to be believed, potentially deadly version of the common cold - may actually have a point.

The notion of a "man flu" has long circulated on the internet, a silly concept with some serious staying power.

"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?"

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