Stress may impact women more than men

June 15, 2010

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.

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