Call us: 1.877.283.7882 | Monday–Friday: 8:00 AM–4:30 PM ET
Category: Hormones and Metabolism
Women have long accused their male partners of not caring about their feelings. Now, a new study suggests that testosterone testing may help get to the bottom of why women feel compelled to make these accusations.
Researchers from the University of Cambridge showed that higher levels of the male sex hormone made participants less capable of understanding another person's emotions. Given the fact that testosterone therapy has become relatively common, the findings could have significant implications.
For the study, the researchers administered testosterone treatments to 16 female participants. They chose women because it would be easier to measure testosterone changes, and alterations in empathy would be more noticeable.
They found that participants who were given the highest levels of testosterone experienced significant reductions in their ability to sense what other people were feeling. Furthermore, sensitivity to testosterone treatment was predicted by certain genetic characteristics. This may help doctors identify individuals who are good candidates for hormone therapy, and who will lose empathy.
"This study contributes to our knowledge of how small hormonal differences can have far-reaching effects on empathy," said Simon Baron-Cohen, who led the study.
Related Articles from Private MD:
News Categories:Advanced Lipid Treatment I Allergy Testing Anemia and RBC disorders Autoimmune Diseases Bariatric Lab Testing Blood and Blood Diseases Breast Cancer Detection and Tumor Markers Celiac Disease Testing Chlamydia Coagulation and blood clotting disorders Colon Diabetes DNA, Paternity and Genetic testing Drug Screening Environmental Toxin Testing Female Specific Tests Gastrointestinal Diseases General Health General Wellness Heart Health and Cholesterol Herpes HIV HIV monitoring/Treatment/Testing/Post Diagnos Hormones and Metabolism Infectious Diseases Infertility Testing-Male Infertitlity Hormone Testing Kidney Diseases Leukemia and WBC disorders Liver Liver Diseases Lyme Disease Male Specific Tests Menopause/Peri-Menopausal Diagnosis Musculoskeletal Diseases Organ Specific Testing Ovarian Prostate Sexually Transmitted Diseases Thyroid Diseases Transgender Hormone Testing-female to male Transgender Hormone Testing-Male to Female Vitamin D Deficiency-Diagnosis and Treatment
Visit the Health News Archive: Click Here