Oxford defines Man Flue “as a cold or similar minor ailment as experienced by a man who is regarded as exaggerating the severity of the symptoms”.
But according to a recent report by Kyle Sue, a clinical assistant professor in family medicine, there is a science to Man Flue. To assist in his report he looked at animal models, and found that females fared better when infected with the flu – that is to say that their immune response reacted differently. Could it all be down to hormones?
In his report, published online (PDF) he reports:
“Some evidence clearly supports men having higher morbidity and mortality from viral respiratory illness than women because they have a less robust immune system. However, conclusions may be limited by author bias, inclusion of some low level
evidence, and not reporting a critical appraisal of the studies
What to do?
The report which is worth reading in full here, suggests that ” perhaps now is the time for male-friendly spaces,
equipped with enormous televisions and reclining chairs, to beset up where men can recover from the debilitating effects of man flu in safety and comfort.“