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love=stress
2004-05-07

a french study discovered both men and women who had fallen in love within the past six months, had considerably higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol. researchers have also shown that men who had just fallen in love had lower levels of the male sex hormone testosterone than singles and those in long-term relationships. love-struck women, in contrast, had higher levels of testosterone than their counterparts.

huh, go figure, love is stressful.

i wonder if the results are the same for other forms of love, say love parents feel for a new baby. this of course would be difficult to measure because not only does the mother have raging hormones, i'd think that the stress level would be quite high up on the scale for both mother and father. i also wonder how the study defined love. the study showed that when they retested people one or two years later, when they weren't truly, deeply, madly in love anymore, that their hormone levels were back to normal. so maybe they were measuring desire or lust. would yhou get the same changes in hormone levels if you looked at kids that really really wanted and desired a pet for instance. would the testosterone levels behave the same way, as they did in this study, and wane after the kid has had the pet for a while.

they say science is about precision and answering questions, but in my experience it always raises more questions than it answers, and that is why i guess we science geeks continue to do it.

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