Is the “man flu” real or just an overreaction?
That’s what Dr. Kyle Sue, the author of the study and an assistant professor of family medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland, explored in research published in the BMJ medical journal.
In a nutshell, Sue believes there’s evidence that the man flu might not be an exaggeration.
In conclusion, Sue wrote:
“The concept of man flu, as commonly defined, is potentially unjust. Men may not be exaggerating symptoms but have weaker immune responses to viral respiratory viruses, leading to greater morbidity and mortality than seen in women. There are benefits to energy conservation when ill. Lying on the couch, not getting out of bed, or receiving assistance with activities of daily living could also be evolutionarily behaviors that protect against predators. Perhaps now is the time for male friendly spaces, equipped with enormous televisions and reclining chairs, to be set up where men can recover from the debilitating effects of man flu in safety and comfort.”
If you need a laugh in your recovery from the man flu, check out some of these memes: