Man Flu Is a Real Thing, Says Highly Reputable Doctor

Man with flu
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The Oxford Living Dictionary defines “man flu” 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 new article published by the Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Dr. Kyle Sue in the BMJ (formerly known as the British Medicine Journal), there is some science behind men doing some extra complaining about flu symptoms. So let the boys whine!

Sue, based on an analysis of a number of studies, came to the conclusion that men do indeed get messed up more than women by usual flu symptoms. He pointed to two studies that used human samples that showed exposure to estrogen and oestradiol (prominently found in women) weakened normal flu symptoms.

He also cited a 2013 Stanford University School of Medicine study that found men with high testosterone levels did not see worthwhile benefits from the flu vaccine, while women got better responses from it.

“The concept of man flu, as commonly defined, is potentially unjust,” Sue wrote.

Read the full article here.