The concept of the man flu is so well known there’s an entry about it in Oxford dictionary, where it’s defined as “a cold or similar minor ailment as experienced by a man who is regarded as exaggerating the severity of the symptoms.” What is was finally found ? “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,” Sue says in his study. Symptoms between men and women were compared.
Fact is the masculine hormone testosterone suppresses the immune system, while the feminine hormone estradiol is immunoprotective. As a consequence, men are more susceptible to complications than women. The study also notes that research from the US showed men had higher rates of deaths linked to flu compared to women of the same age. A survey in a popular magazine also found that men took twice as long to recover from such viral illnesses as women. The existence of the men flu is however a controversial subject, as other researchers say more evidence is needed. They require to consider there are a significant number of factors which can contribute to the severity of an influenza infection.