Do you think man flu exists?
Well according to research, the much debated ‘man-flu’ could have some basis of fact.
A Canadian study was carried out to determine whether men really do experience worse symptoms than women or whether it is just a myth.
Dr Kyle Sue, a clinical assistant professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland, suggested men may not be exaggerating symptoms but have weaker immune responses to viral respiratory viruses.
In what is thought to be the first study of its kind, he analysed relevant research and found evidence that adult men have a higher risk of hospital admission and higher rates of influenza associated deaths compared with women, regardless of underlying disease.
Men are also more susceptible to complications and higher mortality from many acute respiratory diseases, while some evidence supported men suffering more from viral respiratory illness than women because they have a less robust immune system.
Writing in the BMJ, Dr Sue argued the concept of man flu, as commonly defined, is potentially unjust and further research is needed.
He wrote “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 said there may actually be an evolutionary benefit to a less robust immune system, as it has allowed men to invest their energy in other biological processes, “such as growth, secondary sex characteristics, and reproduction”.
No scientific study has ever been carried out before to determine whether the term man flu is appropriate or accurate.
Today I want to get your opinion on this – do you think man-flu exists and men suffer more than women?
Or do you think they simply moan more than women?
So – here’s the question – does man-flu really exist?
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