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