How Men Biologically Change When They Become Dads
Did you know that some men may be more physically primed to become dads -- and that their testosterone levels actually take a dip after their babies are born? A new study from Northwestern University followed a group of 624 men in the Philippines from when they were 21 years old to 26 years old and measured their testosterone levels before and after fathering children. They found that men who started off with high testosterone levels were more likely to become fathers. And once they had kids, their testosterone levels experienced a huge drop -- which means that men are hardwired to adjust to the demands of parenting life. “Fatherhood and the demands of having a newborn baby require many emotional, psychological and physical adjustments,” said Lee Gettler, coauthor of the study and a doctoral candidate in anthropology at Northwestern. “Our study indicates that a man’s biology can change substantially to help meet those demands.” The findings also suggest that married men and fathers have better health than single men because those low testosterone levels may protect them from chronic disease. So the next time your partner doesn’t want to change baby’s diaper, tell him that not only was he born to do it, it’s good for his health too.
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