Ask most guys how they feel when they catch a cold and they will describe it as being more intense for them than their female counterparts. Ask a woman and they would describe guys as “big babies” when they get sick. Sorry ladies turns out they might be right.
Commonly and not-so-affectionately known as the “man flu” is a phenomenon when a guy gets sick and seems to suffer more than a woman, according to Dr. Kyle Sue.
Dr. Sue arrived at this conclusion by compiling a mix of prior studies, a little science, and a little speculation. “I do think that the research does point towards men having a weaker immune response when it comes to common viral respiratory infections and the flu,” said Dr. Sue in a British Medical Journal article.
Apparently, guys hang onto those viruses a bit longer and even experience symptoms that are more intense than women. So, what’s the culprit and what makes guys different when it comes to the flu? Testosterone, of course! Well, at least that what some lab rats have suggested.
Guys can also expect to be hospitalized with the common cold or flu while women at the same age have an easier time fighting it at home.
The study’s results also focused on the length of time guys would also be sick which can last TWICE as long as women.
Some minor details that might have been overlooked didn’t take into account the overall health of men and women at the time of illness. Instead, it looked at the same type of viruses and the age of men and women with the flu.
Dr. Sue (who happens to be a man as well) admits that more studies need to be conducted before the “big babies” debate can finally be put to bed. Either way, go easy on your man when he gets sick—testosterone and our cave man ways still get in the way.