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.

Published by John

John is a long time fan of all things apple, coffee and life.