We have now been living with the corona virus for a few weeks. And we now know a lot more about this virus than we did initially.
What have we learned?
First of all, it is clear that the virus kills more men than women. In many countries, the ratio of fatalities is around 60 men to 40 women.
We still do not have a good explanation for why this is so. One interesting theory has to do with genetics.
Women have two x chromosomes, men only one. It has been debated whether this could explain why.
However, what is also very interesting, is that of the men who die, the majority seem to have low testosterone levels.
Doctors at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf in Germany looked into this. They evaluated the 45 (35 men and 10 women) first patients that came to its intensive care unit.
They found that 68.6% of the men had low testosterone levels.
Testosterone plays a very important role in your immune system. And low levels of testosterone can confuse the immune system so that it becomes overactive. This can cause hyper inflammation in the lungs.
And it is currently believed that this inflammation of the lungs is what ends up killing many of the infected.
Men with a normal testosterone level do normally not produce this overactive response of the immune system.
In addition, 60% of the women why died (6 out of 10) had elevated testosterone levels. It was found that this elevated testosterone levels also caused the same inflammation of the lungs.
What are the takeaways from this study?
Well, first of all, it only included 45 people, so more research is needed to draw firmer conclusions.
But, one key takeaway is that it is important to keep the body and mind in balance at all times. By maintaining this balance, we keep our immune systems ready for invaders, and we also keep our sexual systems ready for sex.
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