Chillin’ out with my dad in 1969.
An article in yesterday’s New York Times claims that becoming a father reduces a man’s testosterone levels. Is it true, and should dads be concerned?
Yes, and in most cases, no.
It’s been known for a long time that both long-term relationships and fatherhood are associated with lower testosterone (T) in human males, but the study cited by the New York Times is the first to show that the relationship is causal; becoming a father actually lowers T levels. Furthermore, the more active and involved the dad (playing, cuddling, changing diapers, etc.), the greater the drop in T.
This sounds bad. Most dads don’t want to trade off manliness for fatherhood. Is that what the study implicates?
B-vitamins, building blocks of mental health? Or B.S.?
There’s a great deal of misinformation on the internet regarding B-vitamins and health. I know this because I’ve read most of it. During the 5 years or so when I was researching how to cure my own asthma, I devoured every text I could find regarding the physiological effects of specific vitamins and minerals — especially the B-vitamins. Large doses of B-complex or individual B-vitamins are recommended to improve mood, reduce PMS, reduce asthma symptoms, reduce the risk of various cancers, reduce the risk of heart disease, fight yeast infections, ward off mosquitoes, and prevent or cure numerous other ailments.
Which of these claims are based on reputable clinical research, and which are bullshit?
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