London, Mar 24 (ANI): Its official—man flu does exist, and the reason behind why males are more susceptible to an infection is because they are the weaker sex.
Scientists have said that the male spirit of adventure has made men more exposed to infection, which, paradoxically, has left them with less immunity.
Conducted by Cambridge University’s Dr Olivier Restif and colleague Dr William Amos, the study concluded that men compete more with each other than females do, because of the male strategy to “live hard, die young”, which means they may score less in immunity.
“If males are more exposed to infection than females, such as because they are more likely to be risk-takers, then they may have evolved lower immunity.” Men’s ability to turn a sniffle into flu and a headache into a migraine has long been a source of irritation to wives and girlfriends,” the Daily Express quoted Restif as saying.
However, women may have a more powerful immune system, which improves their ability to fight off infection.
Across a range of animal species, males tend to be the weaker sex in relation to immune defences, usually because of hormonal differences.
“On the one hand, females need to protect themselves against transmission from those highly infectious males. On the other hand, even if males have a strong immune system that clears infection, they will become re-infected rapidly, so the effective benefit of immunity is low,” added Restif. (ANI)