Tag Archives: men

New Study Shows Why Colds Hit Men Harder Than Women

Scientists believe they have uncovered why women can battle through a cold better than men.

Oestrogen – the female sex hormone – may weaken the flu virus in women.

A virus infects the body by entering a cell and replicating itself – and is then passed on from person to person..

Although the hormone is found in men and women, the virus’s ability to replicate in women is reduced by oestrogen. 

The lesser the replication, the less likely the person suffering from the flu is able to pass it on to others, according to study author Professor Sabra Klein, of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.

In effect, the hormone shields women from feeling the full extent of the flu.

Written by Tariq Spence