'Man flu' may be a real thing, says doctor

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Sue began with a simple search for relevant studies to see whether men experience worse symptoms than women.

What's more, several mouse studies suggested that hormonal differences between men and women may actually offer women greater protection from the full brunt of flu symptoms.

Dr. Sue who authored the research study for BMJ, in his research stated that men in the United States seemed to have higher death rates because of flu when compared to women of the same age.

Dr Kyle Sue, a clinical assistant professor at the Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada tried to find out whether this commonly used term "man flu" is for real or not.

Similarly, other evidence indicated that the onset of flu might trigger a stronger immune response amongst women than men.

Or, are men simply whinier than women and act sicker when they have a bug? 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.

Sue told McClatchy in an email that his report, which was more of a compilation of existing research than a groundbreaking new study, was meant to be "a humorous look at serious research".

"I think the symptoms are real", Sue said.

Cultural disparities, such as the lower access women have to health care or the comparative over-hospitalization of men and boys, might account for the data that Sue suggests points to the existence of "Man Flu", believes associate professor at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Sabra L. Klein.

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In the journal, he points out that no scientific review has examined whether the term man flu "is appropriately defined or just an ingrained pejorative term with no scientific basis".

Also, she found that males are more susceptible to complications and exhibit a higher mortality due to many acute respiratory diseases.

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More than half the women who took part (55 per cent) said their bloke regularly "exaggerated" the symptoms and 49 per cent went as far as to say this sparked arguments.

"The best advice for anyone affected is to rest at home, drink plenty of fluids and to take over-the-counter painkillers", said Stokes-Lampard said.

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

Sue acknowledged that more research is needed.

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.