Man flu: the truth is out there

Scientific research proves that men suffer worse from ‘man flu’.

Man flu: the truth is out there

It’s no secret that we men may be a little pathetic when we are sick. Our sniffles and snuffles and moans are often the scorn of women the world over. We call it the ‘man flu’. Men have whined about it for generations. Finally, science can justify our wretched lamentations.

A neuroscientist from Britain’s Durham University, Dr Amanda Ellison, has reached the conclusion that men really do suffer more from coughs and colds than their female counterparts, because of differences in the brain. This difference lies in the area of the brain which regulates a variety of bodily mechanisms, including temperature.

''When you have a cold one of the things that happens is you get an increase in temperature to fight off the bugs,” said Dr Ellison. ''The bugs can't survive at higher temperatures. When your immune system is under attack the preoptic nucleus increases temperature to kill off the bugs. But men have more temperature receptors because that area of the brain is bigger in men than women."

As children, this area of the brain is the same in boys and girls. It’s when boys hit puberty that increased testosterone has an effect on this ‘preoptic nucleus’. This higher testosterone weakens men's immune response. Dr Ellison explains: ''So men run a higher temperature and feel rougher – and if they complain they feel rough then maybe they're right.''

Yes, you heard that correctly! We men now have a scientific justification for our right to complain. Thank you, Dr Ellison!

Find out how to cure man flu.

And if that doesn’t work, try a good laugh.


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    3rd Oct 2014
    What a sooky lala.......poor bugger stop shaking hands. Then you won't catch too many germs.....well nearly of course tho when ever you touch a door knob you never know whose been there before you.
    Because many don't wash their hands after being to the toilet.
    Even i as a women when out in public have notice many women walking out without washing their hands....Crickey NO wonder we always getting sick.
    I personally haven't been sick IN donkeys ages.
    I don't shake hands. and i keep my hands washed 99% of times?
    3rd Oct 2014
    Both great vids. Have noted the recipe. Thanks.
    Polly Esther
    3rd Oct 2014
    and the next thing? Man Boobs! that'll keep their hands busy.
    3rd Oct 2014
    Sounds like you are looking for something to write about Drew.
    It should come as no surprise that women are biologically stronger than men. I have often wondered if thousands of years of motherhood has resulted in this. Who knows? Who cares?
    This is a case of 'One Flu Over The Cuckoo's Nest' methinks. Where are you particolor????
    3rd Oct 2014
    I'm Here Mick but I'm feeling Poorly I think I need a Hot Nurse ??
    Get away from Me with that Cold Spoon !!
    3rd Oct 2014
    I've seen a few of those nurses. More like gorillas. Good luck mate.
    3rd Oct 2014
    Women are the stronger sex. We go through childbirth, men would not be able to cope with all the demands of raising children in our time, go to the pub instead.
    3rd Oct 2014
    Best Deal ever !! There is a God !!
    3rd Oct 2014
    I would love to have stayed home, on permNent holiday while my wife worked
    3rd Oct 2014
    As normal Solomon....clueless.
    3rd Oct 2014
    At least I not a limp wristed leftist loonie
    4th Oct 2014
    Only loonies have posts like yours Solomon.

    Tags: health, flu, cold, cough

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