Experts think that while women tend to look to their friends and family for support during stressful times, men deal with stress with the ‘fight or flight’ response. When this response is activated (in either sex), the body goes into emergency mode to conserve energy and channel it towards the muscles needed at that moment. This means things like our immune and reproductive systems lose efficiency as all of our efforts are exerted on survival.
Over time, the fight or flight response caused by repeated stress can wear the body down. Here are some ways repeated stress affects the male body:
1. Less attractive face
Having a higher level of testosterone has been linked with facial attractiveness in men. In a study by the University of Aberdeen, women rated men with higher testosterone and lower cortisol (stress hormone) levels as more attractive. Men with high cortisol levels were seen as the least attractive.
2. Higher risk of early heart disease
A recent study found that men with a family history of heart disease were diagnosed with heart disease 12 years earlier than those who didn’t have a family history. These people were also more likely to have a higher stress score. This score was based on emotions such as anger and impatience. Researchers concluded that the propensity to get stressed might be genetic.
3. Accelerates development of prostate cancer
A study by researchers at the University of California found that prostate cancer patients who underwent stress management were more likely to recover well than those who didn’t.
4. Low sperm count
Men who are stressed ejaculate less, according a study reported in Reuters Health. They also have a lower sperm count and have difficulty concentrating. Stress has also been linked with deformed, less mobile sperm.
Hypnotherapy can be used to lower stress levels. Through relaxation techniques and gentle suggestion, negative belief patterns can be turned around to release the mind from anxious thoughts. A healthier mind often leads to a healthier body. Find out more by visiting our page about Stress.
View and comment on the original Huffington Post article.