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January 29, 2013

Study demonstrates health benefits of coming out of the closet

Out lesbians, gays, and bisexuals are in better mental and physical health than others.

Lesbians, gays and bisexuals (LGBs) who are out to others have lower stress hormone levels and fewer symptoms of anxiety, depression, and burnout, according to researchers at the Centre for Studies on Human Stress (CSHS) at Louis H. Lafontaine Hospital, affiliated with the University of Montreal. Cortisol is a stress hormone in our body. When chronically strained, cortisol contributes to the ‘wear and tear' exerted on multiple biological systems. Taken together, this strain is called “allostatic load”.

Press release

Lead author Robert-Paul Juster' video (50 seconds)





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