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Out gays less stressed than straights, according to new study

Posted by Jim Lopata  January 29, 2013 01:47 PM

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A new study found that gay people who come out are less stressed than closeted gay people. The research, published in Psychosomatic Medicine and conducted by Canadian researchers, further discovered that openly gay people tend to be even more relaxed than their heterosexual counterparts.

The Telegraph reports:

Researchers at Louis H Lafontaine Hospital, affiliated with the University of Montreal, tested the levels of cortisol — a stress hormone — and other indicators of strain in homosexuals, bisexuals and heterosexuals.

"Contrary to our expectations, gay and bisexual men had lower depressive symptoms and allostatic load levels (a measure of body stress) than heterosexual men," lead author Robert-Paul Juster said.

"Lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals who were out to family and friends had lower levels of psychiatric symptoms and lower morning cortisol levels than those who were still in the closet," he added.

Read more from The Telegraph here.

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