Scientists Confirm That Man Flu Is Real

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Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada conducted a study around the idea of man flu and whether men actually do experience more exaggerated symptoms of flu then women.

"Man flu" has been talked about so much that Oxford now defines it in their dictionaries, as "a cold or similar ailment as experienced by a man who is regarded as exaggerating the severity of the symptoms".

For example, a 2008 study found that women had a stronger immune response to the flu vaccine, meaning they produced greater levels of antibodies against the virus strains in the vaccine, compared with men.

His study also noted that a seasonal influenza study from 2004 to 2010 in Hong Kong found men had higher rates of hospital admission, and a decade-long American observational study that ended in 2007 suggested men had higher rates of flu-related deaths in comparison to women.

Dr. Kyle Sue, a clinical assistant professor in family medicine at Memorial University in St. Johns, chose to study the available research to see if he could settle the debate with science.

Other scientists argue there's too little evidence to say man flu exists.

Despite this research, a study commissioned by Well Pharmacy claimed that women reckon their partners embellish their "illness" when suffering from man-flu. One theory is that testosterone boosts aggressive behavior and the development of secondary sexual characteristics and so allows men to win at competitions - overriding the cost of the hormone's immune system suppressing effects. He pointed to two studies that used human samples that showed exposure to estrogen and oestradiol (prominently found in women) weakened normal flu symptoms.

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He said his evidence suggests they really are more likely to be left bedbound by their illness. Many are pointing out that many different things can impact how bad a cold or flu gets.

In reality, though, most people don't face the sort of predators our ancestors did, so it's time for men to continue to evolve into creatures capable of basic functioning during a common cold.

Males are also more susceptible to many acute respiratory diseases and exhibit a higher mortality.

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

Another factor? "Studies of influenza vaccination suggest that women are more responsive to vaccination than men", the paper says, adding that additional research suggests "an immunosuppressive role for testosterone".

It seems, now it's time for some male-friendly spaces, equipped with reclining chairs and televisions, to help men recover from the debilitating effects of man flu in safety.

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


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