His research points to men having weaker immune systems than women, which leads to more intense bouts of sickness. However, in a new review published in The British Medical Journal, Dr. Kyle Sue made a decision to delve deeper into the scientific literature in order to find out the truth of this matter and the reasons behind it. Sue is the author of the review and a clinical assistant professor at the Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada.
Have you ever felt men whine more than women when sick?
If there is a big football match on but you plan to drag your bloke to a kids party or family dinner, "flu" is an easy excuse.
"However there has been some research to suggest Respiratory Tract Infections - as they are known - can present more severely in men than women and the best advice for anyone affected is to rest at home, drink plenty of fluids and to take over-the-counter painkillers, such as paracetamol". But now a Canadian scientist has argued that man flu is real and offers possible explanations as to why.
His study, published in the December 11 issue of the journal BMJ, finds that men suffered more severe symptoms than women and that women's hormones may soften the blow of the illness. Check out this very amusing United Kingdom sketch about the infamous "man cold" here.
"Man flu" is a term used to chide men, who are suspected of exaggerating their symptoms, when sick from a cold or other minor illness. His paper says that men are not overreacting during illness, but are weaker due to low immune responses to viral respiratory viruses.
"Since about half of the world's population is male, deeming male viral respiratory symptoms as "exaggerated" without rigorous scientific evidence, could have important implications for men, including insufficient provision of care," Dr. Sue said.
"The concept of man flu, as commonly defined, is potentially unjust".
He said his evidence suggests they really are more likely to be left bedbound by their illness. "But I think everyone should be given the benefit of the doubt when they are ill". "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".