Married People Have Lower Levels of Stress Hormone Cortisol

Stress hormone drops faster in married people

But when it comes to stress, the average single dude is actually far worse off than married men.

Marriage can have its own stresses, but there are also benefits to it.

Carnegie Mellon University Professor Sheldon Cohen and co-authors found that married individuals had lower levels of cortisol than those who never married or were previously married.

In a separate study conducted in the United Kingdom, researchers found that married couples get the support they need for each other to raise kids or when work is under pressure, Daily Mail reported. This is compared to those who are single, widowed or divorced.

Thus here we finally have solid proof that unmarried people have their nerves on edge due to their status of being outside the marriage cage (so to say).

But overall, the authors say their findings suggest a pathway that could be responsible, at least in part, for marriage's often-touted health perks.

The study shows that married people are not subjected to long periods of stress.

When a person is stressed, the cortisol levels peak and regulate inflammation. If the body cannot handle inflammation properly, it could potentially lead to diseases.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh measured cortisol levels in saliva samples of 572 healthy adults.

Brian Chin is a Ph.D. student from the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences who is taking up Psychology. Albeit not trying to point out that being married is better than being singles, the biological evidence has proven that a relationship can affect one's health condition. The collection was done in three consecutive days, according to the Carnegie Mellon University site. Numerous samples were taken during each 24-hour period and tested for cortisol. Those participants who were married had consistently lower levels of the stress hormone than those who were never Wednesday or were previously married. In married people there was a faster daily decline of cortisol levels which has been associated with less heart disease.

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