Scientists Confirm That Man Flu Is Real


A doctor from Canada, Dr. Kyle Sue, in his study not only emphasized that men might experience worse cold and flu symptoms than women but also explored as to why there is such a difference.

However, he thinks more research is needed into the phenomenon of man flu because "it remains uncertain whether viral quantities, immune response, symptoms, and recovery time can be affected by environmental conditions".

We can stop accusing men of overreacting when they have the flu. They found some evidence that men have weaker immune systems than their female peers.

The study examined the rate of hospital admission of men with reported flu and women with reported flu, they found evidence that adult men have a higher risk of hospital admission and higher rates of deaths associated with flu compared with women, regardless of underlying disease.

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.

Nevertheless, he says, the available evidence does suggest men suffer more with the flu than women. Other patient-based studies similarly indicated that the onset of a flu may trigger a stronger immune response among women than men, blunting the full impact of symptoms.

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". "This is supported by the finding that women report more local and systemic reactions to influenza vaccine than men in questionnaires", Dr. Sue wrote.

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He said his evidence suggests they really are more likely to be left bedbound by their illness.

"Man flu" refers to the idea that men may exaggerate the symptoms of a minor illness, such as a cold. In times of illness, it allows men to conserve their energy by lying on the couch or not getting out of bed.

Sue stated, "Men are regularly stereotyped to exaggerate cold and flu symptoms".

"Even 10 percent effective is better than nothing, and a lot of it has to do with herd immunity - the more people are protected from it, the more other people will also be protected", Dr. Pardis Sabeti, an infectious disease expert at Harvard told "CBS This Morning."

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"No scientific review has examined whether the term "man flu" is appropriately defined or just an ingrained pejorative term with no scientific basis", he writes in an article published December 11 in the British Medical Journal.

The results of the study suggested that men may have weaker immune responses to viral respiratory viruses.