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

Man Flu Might Be Real After All, Claims Academic

Man Flu Might Be Real After All, Claims Academic

A new review suggests, if the phenomenon named "man-flu" a respiratory virus catches men, they will really experience worse symptoms than women.

The term "man flu" might be something you're hearing for the first time - but probably isn't something completely unknown to you. This process can go overboard and lead to autoimmune diseases, which affect more women than men, he notes.

A review of scientific literature suggests those who believe "man flu" is more intense than the female version have some evidence to back up their views.

Dr. Sue discovered that adult men had a higher risk of hospital admission in Hong Kong for seasonal influenza from 2004 to 2010, and that from 1997 to 2007 men had higher rates of influenza-associated deaths compared with women in the same age groups.

"It's a frequently heard stereotype", said Dr. Kyle Sue, author of the study and an assistant professor of family medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada.

"Further high quality research is needed to clarify other aspects of man flu", says Sue's article, with possible topics including the impact of environmental conditions on flu in males.

Despite this research, a study commissioned by Well Pharmacy claimed that women reckon their partners embellish their "illness" when suffering from man-flu.

A study that isolated cells from 63 healthy people and infected the cells with a common virus found the cells from women had a stronger immune response than those from men.

Still, Klein, who was not involved in the new study, appreciates that Sue is helping to shed light on gender health differences, "which often are ignored".

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"The concept of man flu, as commonly defined, is potentially unjust", Sue wrote in the paper.

"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", he told The Guardian. "But I think everyone should be given the benefit of the doubt when they are ill".

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.

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

He adds: "Lying on the couch, not getting out of bed, or receiving assistance with activities of daily living could also be evolutionarily behaviours that protect against predators".

Sue does have some tongue-in-cheek advice on how to best combat the affliction.

He said some studies have also suggested that testosterone may suppress the immune system, pointing to a potential evolutionary basis for man flu.

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