Listen up ladies, man flu is a real thing...see, we told ya!
Man flu - and the secret behind it.
Sorry women, scientists have now researched and found that "man flu" might indeed be more than the 'exaggerated complaints' of men. Studies show that men are more likely to suffer and die from flu symptoms than women even when suffering from the same germs.
Kyle Sue - the assistant professor in family medicine - from the Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada was determined to find out the truth behind men experiencing worse symptoms than women when down with flu. He was keen on finding out whether the evolution of genders could be a reason behind this unnatural behavior.
“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,” said Sue. “This is shown in the fact that they [have] worse symptoms, they last longer, they are more likely to be hospitalized and more likely to die from it.”
However, many others are not persuaded by Sue's arguments - and say that many different factors affect how bad a bout of cold or flu can get.
In The BMJ, Dr. Sue argued by writing that the concept of man flu, as defined, could be unjust and further detailed research is needed to come to a conclusion. Sue postulates that a big reason that could make men more suscept is potentially in our hands - for example, there is a higher number of men who are smokers than women - all over the world. Unfortunately, they are also the ones who do not like to seek medical attention when they are sick and tend to postpone their visit to the doctor to the last minute.
"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," he writes.
He further suggests that the problem might lie with the women who select these men saying - "Another potential study may examine whether men with robust immune systems are less successful at mating compared with those with weaker immune systems and correspondingly higher testosterone."
Furthermore, the author points out that tests conducted on mice have suggested that testosterone could dampen immune response to influenza while specific female sex hormones could boost it. Similar studies on a smaller group of humans show that cells from pre-menopausal women showed different immune responses to the type of virus behind the common cold as contrasted to men of similar age. The difference was not observed when the cells from men were compared to those of post-menopausal female peers.
Prof Sue added: "Lying on the couch, not getting out of bed, or receiving assistance with activities of daily living could also be evolutionary behavior that protects against predators.
"Perhaps now is the time for male-friendly spaces, equipped with enormous televisions and reclining chairs, to be set up where men can recover from the debilitating effects of man flu in safety and comfort."
"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?"
However, Dr. Sue further clarifies that higher quality research is needed to delve into other aspects of man flu "because it remains uncertain whether viral quantities, immune response, symptoms, and recovery time can be affected by environmental conditions."
I guess the department requires a woman as well to conduct researches to finally conclude to a universally accepted fact regarding the truth behind "man flu."
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