Man-flu: research reveals sick men do suffer more

2013-07-15 00:00

MEN do suffer more when they have the flu, according to research done by a local medicine provider, Pharma Dynamics. Last week, they revealed the results of research that supports the fact that men are terrible patients when they are sick.

According to their nationwide survey, “man-flu” afflicts men when they are sick, causing them to be unable to do simple tasks like lift the TV remote. Often they needed to spend time in the bedroom, moaning and complaining.

Mariska Fouche, spokesperson for Pharma Dynamics, says that when struck by the flu, men really do suffer more, despite being accused of exaggerating symptoms to gain sympathy.

“When you have the flu, your temperature rises to fight off the bugs. The difference, however, between men and women is in the region of the brain that controls temperature.

“The area is the same size in childhood, but when boys hit puberty, testosterone starts to act on the area, known as the pre­optic nucleus, making it larger. As a result, men could experience general colds and flu symptoms more intensely than women, because they have more temperature receptors in that area of the brain”, explains Fouche.

The medicine supplier also uncovered some strange flu remedies in their tweet-a-thon, which was held to mark the start of the colds and flu season.

A half onion to ward off germs and Disprin and ginger beer were two gems offered.

Top DVDs recommended by the experts to help ward off the man flu symptoms were: Die Hard, Shrek, The Lord of the Rings and Friends with Benefits. “A comfort movie can not only help you get better faster, but it’s good preventative medicine,” says Fouche.

Sneezing habits showed that while South Africans politely cover their mouths while sneezing, they then touch other items and spread germs. Use hand sanitiser, was their advice.

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