Man flu – don’t take it lying down

Men accused of ‘man flu’ this Christmas should put up a rigorous defence according to Canadian Kyle Sue, clinical assistant professor in family medicine, writing in the British Medical Journal.

The concept of man flu, as commonly defined, is potentially unjust, he says. Men may not be exaggerating symptoms but have weaker immune responses to viral respiratory viruses, leading to greater morbidity and mortality than seen in women.

The tongue in cheek review of the evidence surrounding man flu highlights the potential benefits to energy conservation when ill. Lying on the couch, not getting out of bed, or receiving assistance with activities of daily living could also be evolutionary behaviours that protect against predators.

Perhaps now is the time for male friendly spaces, equipped with enormous televisions and reclining chairs, to be set up where men can recover from the debilitating effects of man flu in safety and comfort, the article concludes.

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