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Is 'man flu' real? Is it sexist?


Whether the disease is sexist or not, note who Dr. Kyle Sue ultimately blames.

Laid up with 'man flu'? It's real, researcher says

By Susan Scutti, CNN

(CNN) Don't doubt it: "Man flu" is real, or so says one Canadian researcher who was "tired of being accused of overreacting."
 
"Man flu" is a term used to chide men who are suspected of exaggerating their symptoms when sick from a cold or other minor illness.

"It's a frequently heard stereotype," said Dr. Kyle Sue, author of the study and an assistant professor of family medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada.

Sue said, to begin with, women have a different response to vaccines that protect against the flu.

Other clues indicated that man flu is not an overreaction.

"Epidemiologic data from Hong Kong showed that adult men had a higher risk of hospital admission for flu," Sue said. An American study revealed that men died more often from flu compared with same-age women, regardless of underlying heart disease, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and kidney diseases.

Sue found support for the idea that men suffer more from viral respiratory illnesses than women because they have less-robust immune systems.

This "immunity gap" may be modulated by hormonal differences, in which the masculine hormone testosterone suppresses the immune system while the feminine hormone estradiol protects it.

Sue said, "one study found that men with higher testosterone levels had less of an antibody response to vaccination."

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.

One other evolutionary theory Sue noted is that worse symptoms would lead a man to conserve his energy by lying on the couch, which helps him avoid a predator (his boss), and voila: His chances of survival are immediately improved.

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chairwoman of the Royal College of General Practitioners in London, agrees. "Contrary to popular belief, and this article, the vast majority of robust scientific evidence suggests that flu is not sexist," said Stokes-Lampard. Still, some research suggests that men have more severe respiratory tract infection symptoms than women, she said.

Despite these contrary opinions, Sue believes that the available research points toward men suffering worse from colds and flu than women, but he called for "much better-quality research" to prove it.

One potential study, he said, could examine whether men with strong immune systems are less successful at mating compared with attractive, high-testosterone men with weaker immune systems. "Can the blame for man flu be shifted to the people who select these men as sexual partners rather than the men themselves?" Sue asked. "I was surprised that there were far more female authors for the studies I cited than males."

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A boy named Sue?
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It's this man's last name, but I know what you mean. Are you referring to the country/western song with that title?
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Yes - it's kind of a satirist's dream to have a guy named Sue talking about the "man-flu." Are you sure this wasn't written by Andy Borowitz?

As for the prevalence of men exaggerating their cold symptoms, I can't really provide an opinion because respiratory ailments are my Achilles heel.
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I believe Dr. Sue's article shows that you're not exaggerating, gopqed. But it's your wife's fault, for choosing you as a mate.
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My Achilles heel triggered an instinctive survival response to be charming, to ensure that I wouldn't die alone.
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Isn't evolution wonderful?
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It is. I wonder if the Italian expert on this subject, Dr. Tess Tosterone, has any insights to share.
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She has written extensively on it, gopqued. However, she disputes Dr. Sue's study. She was once married to him, and she says he used that old excuse often to get out of taking out the trash.
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Was that old excuse, "I have a headache?"
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No, no. Is "I have a headache" ever a man's excuse?
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Maybe, for a man named Sue.
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No, no. Is "I have a headache" ever a man's excuse?



Yes it is, they can also be to tired. More have a low libido than is attributed to the male, that usually is a female charge and it's wrong. I believe in "man flu" as well for every owie they have it's often exaggerated and no it is not all men but it's pretty typical, including my own hubby.
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"Not in the Mood, feeling under the weather, stressed out right now do not feel like cuddling" and so on, Man speak or woman, NONE of these are in a Gender consideration and usually offered up by either side.
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