How testosterone protects against inflammation
It's all down to the testosterone: Men are usually more muscular than women, and they have deeper voices and more body hair. Men also are less susceptible to inflammatory diseases and allergies than women. This is thanks to the male sex hormones, as pharmacists at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena in Germany have shown in a recent study. "It is mostly women who are affected by diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis or asthma," Professor Dr. Oliver Werz from the Jena University explains. Although this is a fact known for some time, the reasons for these differences are largely unknown. As the Jena professor for pharmaceutical and medical chemistry and his team now have revealed, sexual hormones play an important role in this. The researchers report can be found in the current edition of FASEB Journal.
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