Monday, December 11, 2017 07:15 PM

DOES FLU HIT MEN HARDER THAN WOMEN? MAYBE SO

By Alan Mozes

HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, Dec. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- As winter rolls into town, so does the flu[1] and all its miserable symptoms.

Yet, doctors and women alike have long noticed that men tend to bemoan those symptoms more than women. The phenomenon even has a name: the "man flu[2]."

So, are men just whiny wimps?

No, a new analysis out of Canada suggests, because respiratory illnesses may indeed hit men harder than women.

According to study author Dr. Kyle Sue, "there are already many physiologic differences between men and women, so it makes sense that we could differ in our responses to cold and flu[3] viruses as well."

Sue is a clinical assistant professor in family medicine with the Health Sciences Centre at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

"The evidence in current studies points towards men having weaker immune systems than women, especially when it comes to common viral respiratory infections," Sue explained. "Men are more susceptible to them, ...

News source: WebMD

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