Man flu is a real t thing: Sci­en­tist

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS - Matthew Pur­cell

WITHW win­ter passed and tem­per­a­turest start­ing to rise,r one can only hope it’s thet pass­ing of what has truly beenb a wretched flu sea­son.

It’s swept through the B Bor­der Post of­fice and seems t to have hit ev­ery per­son in t town, in­clud­ing me . It’s hit m me for six.

I’m as­sured the rest of our o of­fice has suf­fered the same, b but I can’t help but feel I’ve c copped it worse. But feel free t to scoff and tell me that’s w what all males would say.

But to my sur­prise, and d de­light, I read an ar­ti­cle y yes­ter­day that quotes a p pro­fes­sor of molec­u­lar i im­munol­ogy as say­ing man f flu could be a le­git thing.

And no, it wasn’t a male p pro­fes­sor be­fore that thought comes rush­ing to the fore. Ba­si­cally the the­ory is that women’s im­mune sys­tems mount a stronger re­sponse against for­eign in­vaders, par­tic­u­larly viruses. While a male’s testos­terone tends to dampen im­mune re­sponses, the fe­male hor­mone oe­stro­gen in­creases the num­ber of im­mune cells and the in­ten­sity of their re­sponse. So women are able to re­cover more quickly from an infection. Viruses see men as the weaker sex.

More men die from in­fec­tious dis­eases than women.

So while we as a cul­ture have termed it “man flu”, a drama­ti­sa­tion of flu symp­toms, some ev­i­dence may sug­gest in re­al­ity men may suf­fer more due to this damp­en­ing down of our im­mune re­sponses.

That’s my ex­cuse any­way and I’m stick­ing to it. And be­fore the hate mail be­gins trick­ling in... this is all tongue in cheek.

Wish­ing ev­ery­one a speed re­cov­ery from his or her own flu hell.

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