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Do Men Get Sicker Than Women?

Tanya Sinkovits
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — “For goodness sake, woman, he’s a man, he’s got a man cold!” That’s just one of many oneliner played out in a British comedy skit that surfaced on Youtube a couple years ago, but the question still remains.

Do men get sicker than woman?

New evidence suggests how stressful a person’s job is influences how sick a person may feel.

Researchers have dubbed that affect as the Wimp Factor.

Researchers interviewed twelve hundred workers in South Korea asking them to rate their stress levels. Six months later researchers asked how many of them had colds.

CBS News Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton explains, those who rated their stress levels as high said they were 74% more likely to call in sick due to a cold.

Dr. Ashton says that might be because “(men) are less likely to seek medical attention, and they may not be as accustom to expressing their feelings… so when they do get sick you’re going to hear about it.”

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