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According to a Study, Men Don’t Exaggerate When They Have The Flu

When we’re sick, between the symptoms and the tedious hours stuck in bed taking medicine, it’s common to feel overloaded with discomfort. However, men, in particular, have earned a reputation for exceeding the levels of complaints when they’re sick, and even more, when they have the flu.

Bright Side researched this matter and is ready to give you an explanation of why men are known to act like little kids when they’re sick.

“The man’s flu”

The Oxford and the Cambridge dictionaries define the term “flu” as a disease similar to a cold, that’s not serious, but that could be stronger if the person who suffers from it is a man. It’s because of this definition that this research emerged, to provide a more precise explanation for whether this is true and why it could happen.

Mice and the immune system

Mice have been the subject of study in this matter because they serve as good human models for medical research. In this study, the rodent’s immune systems were analyzed, taking into account their gender, age, and reactions against the flu. Scientists concluded that female mice have a stronger immune system than male mice due to the female hormone estradiol.

The immunosuppressive effect on men

There’s a difference between men and women when it comes to their immune systems. This research reveals that men experience worse problems when they suffer from respiratory diseases. The fact is, men’s testosterone has an immunosuppressive effect that can affect the proper performance of flu vaccines, making men more likely to be hospitalized.

So, do men really exaggerate when they have the flu?

The role hormones play in our immune system is one of the main focuses of this research. In women, estradiol acts as an immunoprotective agent, which is why they’re less prone to have the flu or catch a cold.

Meanwhile, testosterone in men acts as an immunosuppressant, making them more likely to have the flu and suffer from it at a different, higher degree than women.

For these reasons, it’s safe to say that the meaning of the term published by those 2 dictionaries is correct. Men suffer more from the flu than women. And perhaps, because of this, the belief was born that men exaggerate their symptoms when they’re sick.

And now, what do you think about men who complain when they have the flu? Do you think they’re exaggerating? Tell us in the comments!

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