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Men get sick more often than women: Scientifically proven

Men get sick more often than women: Scientifically proven Illustrative photo (Freepik)
Author: Maria Kholina

Scientists from Harvard University have discovered that men actually fare worse with illnesses than women. Their bodies react differently even at a temperature of 37.2, and this may be explained by biological differences between the sexes, according to the British Medical Journal.

Contrary to long-standing claims about the so-called "man flu" and the fact that men exaggerate the severity of a cold, researchers have reported that they do indeed have a higher likelihood of ending up in the hospital or dying from flu complications compared to women.

Men may suffer much more from viral diseases because they naturally have a weaker immune system.

Associate Professor of Family Medicine Kyle Sue. said that men likely don't exaggerate symptoms, but they have a weaker immune response to respiratory viruses, leading to greater susceptibility and mortality than in women.

The weaker immune system in men may allow them to channel their energy into other biological processes, such as growth, secondary sexual characteristics, and reproduction.

Researchers found that women have higher levels of estrogen and progesterone, as well as lower levels of testosterone. These two hormones play a crucial role in the immune system, and their higher levels in women make their immune system more effective.

To confirm their hypothesis, scientists conducted an experiment on mice. They infected them with the flu virus and measured their immune response. The results showed that male mice exhibited more severe symptoms of the disease than females.

This research could have significant implications for medicine. For example, it may lead to a reconsideration of treatment methods and patient support, taking into account differences in the body's reactions and symptoms based on gender.

Here are a few possible applications of these results:

  • Development of new drugs and treatment methods that are more effective for men
  • Development of new prevention and patient support programs that take into account the individual needs of men and women
  • Increasing awareness among doctors and patients about differences in responses to illnesses based on gender

The study is an important step in understanding how biology affects our health and it can help develop more effective treatment methods and patient support.