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

Pique Plays Down Barcelona, Madrid Rivalry; Confirms WhatsApp Group

first_imgBarcelona defender Gerard Pique has played down the rivalry between his teammates and Real Madrid players.He also disclosed that he speaks to Real Madrid’s Spanish players on a WhatsApp groupPique was speaking on his Players’ Tribune blog which was posted on ThursdayIn his words, Pique said: “I’m going to let you in on a little inside information. Everybody knows that footballers have text groups on WhatsApp. I have one just for my friends from home, and I have another just for my Barca team-mates.”“But my favourite one might surprise you. Earlier this season, when we were already eight or nine points clear of Real Madrid in the league, I started a special group for some of the guys on the Spanish national team who play for Real Madrid and Barcelona.“If you only read what the media says, you would think that we hate one another. But, in fact, we all get along really well, and we text back and forth about tactics and football philosophies and even the books we’re reading.“It’s the best. We’re just like little kids. And the truth is, it’s especially hilarious for me right now, because now we’re up 15 points on Real in the league. So I’m getting very creative in my responses.” he added.Speaking further, the former Manchester United defender: “Last season, when the Real guys were winning everything, they were feeling pretty good. They were talking s**t constantly whenever I saw them at national team training.“Man, every time they won a match last season, they were posting shirtless photos on Instagram from the locker room. Remember that?“They were smiling and flexing their muscles like The Rock and saying #HalaMadrid and posting little trophy emojis. This season, though, it’s a different vibe. All their Instagram photos are looking very somber. “3 points today. We must keep working harder!”“So I’m texting them in the WhatsApp group, “Come on guys, why so serious?!” Then I put a little crying emoji, and a laughing emoji. I even made a special name for the group. It’s called: CONGRATULATIONS.” he concluded.RelatedPique Extends Barcelona Contract Until 2022January 30, 2018In “Europe”Gerard Pique Makes Bold Barcelona ClaimFebruary 28, 2019In “Europe”Gerard Pique Offers To Leave Barca Following “Humiliating” Bayern DefeatAugust 15, 2020In “Europe”last_img read more

Terry Crews’ sexual assault case is rejected

first_imgABC/Paula Lobo(LOS ANGELES) — Prosecutors have decided not to file charges in Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Terry Crews’ sexual assault case against Hollywood agent Adam Venit, ruling the case is not a felony.The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office says in a document obtained by Variety that it rejected the filing because Venit “didn’t make contact” with Crews’ skin when he grabbed his genitals, adding, “there was no restraint involved.”The case was sent to the L.A. City Attorney for possible misdemeanor prosecution, but was also rejected, due the statute of limitations, which is one year for a misdemeanor.Crews reported the incident to the Los Angeles Police Department back in November, alleging that Venit had grabbed his crotch at an industry party at Hutchinson restaurant in February 2016.Crews is also pursuing a civil case against Venit.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more