Man flu is a real t thing: Scientist
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.