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'Man flu' may be real after all, study says

The "man flu" may not be a myth. One Canadian researcher says it's a real illness! So men may be vindicated. (CNN/CNN Newsource)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The "man flu" may not be a myth. One Canadian researcher says it's a real illness! So men may be vindicated.

The term is often used by women who suspect guys exaggerate their cold and flu symptoms. But research from article in the British Medical Journal says men really are more susceptible to complications from respiratory diseases than women. It also reports that a woman's immune system is stronger than a man's.

Study author Dr. Kyle Sue, an assistant professor of family medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada, noted that U.S. research showed men had higher rates of deaths linked to flu compared to women of the same age.

“There need to be more studies, higher quality studies that control for other factors between men and women before we can definitely say that this difference in immunity exists,” Sue told The Guardian. “Is it that women are more resilient, that they are able to juggle more when they are ill, or is it that they don’t have as severe symptoms? That we are not too sure about. But I think everyone should be given the benefit of the doubt when they are ill.”

Of course part of Sue's study is tongue-in-cheek. Plus, scientists-- and women-- still desire more evidence to say "man flu" exists.

Click HERE for more from HealthDay and CBS News.

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