Men with 'more balls' have weaker immune systems

TURNS out man-flu really does exist.

A Stamford University study found men with higher testosterone levels had weaker immune systems.

And Mackay GP Superclinic's Dr John McIntosh said men didn't cope as well as women when it came to getting sick.

Men thought they should be above their sickness but they needed more support, he said.

"Generally speaking, when men get sick they're less tolerant to it," Dr McIntosh said.

"A lot of men can be really tough on the rugby field but freak out from things like injections. A 6ft 4, 160kg man is fine on the field but if you put a needle in front of them, they freak out."

He said he believed women tolerated sickness better because they had to go through childbirth.

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