Women are more prone to emotional stress than men

A new study has revealed that women are more sensitive to the key stress hormone, corticotropin releasing factor (CRF), which helps control the body’s reaction to stress.

Research found that, whilst women are extremely affected by even small amounts of CRF, men are relatively immune to even large amounts of the hormone. Scientists injected rats with CRF and found that the hormone bound more tightly to brain cell proteins in female rats, making them more sensitive to its effects.

The male rats, however, were able to reduce the levels of protein, stopping the hormone from binding and therefore reducing its effects on the brain.

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