Remember how elated you were when you found out chocolate and coffee were added to the list of foods that are good for you? Well get ready for another antioxidant boost. A new study from the Université de Montréal and McGill University finds that out gay and lesbian people are mentally and physically healthier than straight people or those who have yet to come out of the closet. To find their results, the study’s lead author Robert-Paul Juster told the Montreal Gazette that he examined 20 biological markers to measure his subjects’ mental and physical health, focusing on the stress hormone cortisol, which, the article says, “can contribute to wear and tear on multiple biological systems. This is known as allostatic load.” He went on to say:
Contrary to our expectations, gay and bisexual men had lower depressive symptoms and allostatic load levels than heterosexual men. … Lesbians, gay men and bisexuals who were out to family and friends had lower levels of psychiatric symptoms and lower morning cortisol levels than those who were still in the closet.
Although Juster admits the findings were surprising, especially given that, historically, minority groups suffer from poorer health than those in the majority, he says the outcome also kind of makes sense: READ MORE