Stress may impact women more than men

June 15, 2010 2:25:56 PM PDT
Stress may affect a woman's health more so than a man's health.

A new study has found that women are twice as likely as men to develop stress-induced diseases like depression or post traumatic stress.

The study may explain why. It uncovered evidence in animals that suggests that males benefit from having a protein that regulates and diminishes the brain's stress signals more effectively.

Females reportedly lack that protein.

Scientists also discovered that a second protein that helps process such stress signals more effectively, making them more potent, is much more effective in females than males.