Women more likely to complain about being ill

Women are actually greater hypochondriacs than men, researchers have found

Next time you accuse your partner of being a hypochondriac or having ‘man flu’, you might want to give him a break – because he may actually be genuinely ill.


According to a report from the Office of National Statistic (ONS), it’s actually women who are more likely to report illness than men. However, they’re less likely to die from ill health, the Telegraph reports.

Census forms completed in 2001 showed that, “Women were more likely than men to report that they were in ‘not good’ or ‘fairly good’ health, but they were less likely to die during the follow-up period.”


It’s believed that women’s immunity from illness is stronger because of their role as childbearers.

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