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Tuesday
Sep132011

Study Suggests Men Are Wired to Nurture

David Sacks/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- There’s a new study out that suggests men might actually be wired to nurture their children.

The research, published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, followed 624 young men before and after they became fathers in and around the city of Cebu, in the Philippines. The researchers found that levels of testosterone actually decreased by about 34 percent in the men after fatherhood.

According to the study, men with newborn babies who were less than a month old had especially reduced levels of testosterone.

And the researchers believe lower testosterone levels might even protect against certain chronic diseases, which could explain why married men and fathers often enjoy better health than single men of the same age.

The study might also point to the idea that life and biology might be more adaptable than we previously thought, as the demands of fatherhood understandably require many emotional, psychological and physical adjustments.

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