Baierbrunn (ots) – Does the famous male cold really exist? In any case, one thing is certain: the immune system of men and women works differently. This is the topic of the new episode of The Sex Gap, a podcast by gesundheit-listen (https://www.apotheken-umschau.de/podcast/) and the Apotheken Umschau on gender-sensitive medicine. Podcast host Kari Kungel explores the question of whether men and women react to viruses and diseases in the same way – or whether there is a “sex gap”.
They often suffer greatly – and according to the official definition from the Oxford English Dictionary, they “exaggerate” the severity of the symptoms. But what is it about men’s colds – and where does the myth come from? In the new podcast The Sex Gap – the podcast on gender-equitable medicine, the health journalist Kari Kungel, together with experts, gets to the bottom of the question of what happens to pathogens in the body, why women have autoimmune diseases more often than men and what role the X chromosome plays in the immune system plays. And it’s not that small. Women not only have an advantage when it comes to viruses – for example, after a hepatitis C infection, 40 percent of women spontaneously get rid of the virus, but only 19 percent of men. Women also often react more strongly and better to vaccinations. “Infectious diseases in men are more common and often more severe,” explains Martina Prelog, Professor of Pediatric Rheumatology and Special Immunology at the University Hospital in Würzburg.
If you look at the data from the corona pandemic, it is noticeable that men often had severe courses, two thirds of the deceased patients were male, according to the RKI. Other pathogens, for example tuberculosis or hepatitis B, are more common in men and often have a more severe course. But why is that – and what does that mean for men’s colds? In short: genetics, lifestyle and hormones. However, women’s stronger immune systems also have a downside, as they are more likely to be affected by autoimmune diseases, in which the body turns against itself. So the immune systems of men and women are different – does that mean that men really suffer more from colds and colds?
Men, now you must be strong. Because the thesis that men are sicker when they have a cold has not been scientifically proven. After all, one thing is certain: the immune system of women is stronger than that of men. While men and women seem to get sick the same way, women may recover faster. Maybe a man’s cold isn’t necessarily worse than a cold in women. But it could take longer.
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“The Sex Gap” – the new podcast on gender-sensitive medicine
If a woman goes to the doctor – that’s not the start of a good joke, but rather the beginning of medical discrimination. Because the man is often “the norm” in medicine. This is dangerous for girls and women: Symptoms such as ADHD are overlooked, drugs such as sleeping pills are overdosed. This can endanger the lives of patients. What is going wrong, what needs to change? Health journalist Kari Kungel is the podcast host on “The Sex Gap”, the new podcast on gender-sensitive medicine from gesundheit-listen (https://www.apotheken-umschau.de/podcast/) and Apotheken Umschau Search for answers and talk to experts and those affected.
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