Well, that seems counterintuitive

Discussion in 'Health and Lifestyle' started by proletarian, Jan 14, 2010.

  1. ☭proletarian☭
    Online

    ☭proletarian☭ Guest

    Ratings:
    +0
    Raising kids may lower blood pressure

    A new Brigham Young University study found that parenthood is associated with lower blood pressure, particularly so among women.
    Julianne Holt-Lunstad, a BYU psychologist who studies relationships and health, reports her findings Jan. 14 in the peer-reviewed journal Annals of Behavioral Medicine.
     
  2. American Horse
    Offline

    American Horse AKA "Mustang"

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2009
    Messages:
    5,741
    Thanks Received:
    892
    Trophy Points:
    153
    Location:
    The Hoosier Heartland
    Ratings:
    +938
    Counter intuitive? Not really. The experience was probably designed into our nature to not be stressful. Think about old folks who replace a "baby" in their old age with a dog or a cat. These two creatures are both problematic, but lower blood pressure results. Probably the love without passion factor; things change in us when we become parents. I always had a week stomach for crap and vomit, but when our son was born, I'd take charge of those clean-up operations, diaper changes for instance - and we used cloth diapers so it was more than just a quick-change operation - and I wasn't bothered by it at all. Later though, our dog's vomit or a crappy clean-up caused an involuntary gag response.
     
  3. eagleseven
    Offline

    eagleseven Quod Erat Demonstrandum

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2009
    Messages:
    6,518
    Thanks Received:
    1,254
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    OH
    Ratings:
    +1,255
    Perhaps, in the context of protecting your child, small stressors become insignificant? When you have something greater than yourself, your tolerance for person inconveniences and difficulty increases dramatically.

    I imagine that both grandparents and suicidal bombers have low level of stress, for the same fundamental reason: they both have something to live for...
     

Share This Page