People have cracked jokes about the "man flu" for decades, but a new study suggests that it actually might be a real thing. Dr. Kyle Sue, a Canadian doctor, claims that physiological differences between men and women can lead to different responses to viruses and colds.
“I do think that the research does point towards men having a weaker immune response when it comes to common viral respiratory infections and the flu,” Said Dr. Sue.“This is shown in the fact that they [have] worse symptoms, they last longer, they are more likely to be hospitalized and more likely to die from it.”
During his study, Dr. Sue found that testosterone could dampen the immune system’s response to influenza, while female sex hormones could actually boost it. He also indicated that studies show men can take twice as long to recover from viral illnesses, compared to women.
“There need to be more studies, higher quality studies that control for other factors between men and women before we can definitely say that this difference in immunity exists,” Sue told sources. “Is it that women are more resilient, that they are able to juggle more when they are ill, or is it that they don’t have as severe symptoms? That we are not too sure about. But I think everyone should be given the benefit of the doubt when they are ill.”