Emotionally supportive relationships linked to lower testosterone in men

first_imgLinkedIn Science and folklore alike have long suggested that high levels of testosterone can facilitate the sorts of attitudes and behavior that make for, well, a less than ideal male parent.It has long been known that among humans (and some other species as well), males who cooperate amicably with their female mates in raising and nurturing offspring often have lower testosterone levels than their more aggressive and occasionally grumpy counterparts. But two University of Notre Dame anthropologists are looking beyond the nuclear family for such effects.Not only spouses, but also other relatives, good friends, colleagues, neighbors and fellow church members can play a role, suggest Lee T. Gettler, assistant professor of anthropology and director of the Notre Dame’s Hormones, Health, and Human Behavior Laboratory, and Rahul C. Oka, Ford Family Assistant Professor of Anthropology, in an article forthcoming in the journal Hormones and Behavior. Email Share on Twitter The new study focuses on a large, representative sample of aging U.S. men and the ways their testosterone varies when they have emotionally supportive relationships.“Compared to other U.S. men, fathers and married men often have lower testosterone,” Gettler said. “We think this helps them be more nurturing. We are the first to show that this also occurs with other social relationships. Our results show that when older men have emotionally supportive relationships with their siblings, friends, neighbors and coworkers, they also have lower testosterone.”According to Gettler, “We know that men and women with social support have much better health, overall, while testosterone affects risks for depression, cardiovascular disease, obesity and some cancers. We hope our findings, connecting these two areas, help stimulate new conversations about social support, biology and well-being.“Most of us have probably seen the TV commercials promoting testosterone as a remedy for symptoms of aging or ‘manopause.’ Our findings suggest that the social side effects of these testosterone supplements in older men should be carefully studied. While testosterone does go down with age, the potential social benefits that can accompany lower testosterone suggest it is not all doom and gloom.”center_img Share Pinterest Share on Facebooklast_img read more

Argos Slip to No. 25 in National Poll

first_img photo courtesy of jimhoguephotos.com Share Argos Slip to No. 25 in National Pollcenter_img KANSAS CITY, Ks. —  Despite fighting the No. 1 team in the nation to a 1-1 double overtime draw, the University of West Florida men’s soccer team fell three spots to No. 25 in the latest poll by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Still ranked inside the Top 25, the men have now received votes in the national poll for the first four weeks of the season. In their only match of the week the No. 22 University of West Florida men’s soccer team took Tampa, the top ranked team in the nation, to a 1-1 tie in a double overtime thriller. Senior forward Jay Mainville (Jacksonville, Fla./Fletcher HS) led the way for the Argonauts scoring his team high fifth goal of the season in the 1-1 draw. The Argos strong defense held Tampa to just eight total shots in match.The men return to the turf this week for three matches, including two tough in-region matches on the road in South Florida. Tonight the men will take on former GSC rival Montevallo at 5:00 p.m. CT. This weekend the men will make a trip down south to take on Nova Southeastern at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday night and then No. 2 ranked Lynn on Sunday. For more information on Argonaut athletics or to follow along with live stats, fans can keep up with the action at www.GoArgos.com. NCAA Division II National PollPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more