All gas, no brakes: Testosterone may act as ‘brake pedal’ on immune response, protect men from stomach inflammation
Autoimmune diseases have something in common with horses, bachelor’s degrees and daily flossing habits: women are more likely to have them. One reason for autoimmune diseases’ prevalence in women may be sex-based differences in inflammation. In a new study, West Virginia University researcher Jonathan Busada investigated how sex hormones affect stomach inflammation in males and females. He found that androgens—or male sex hormones—may help to keep stomach inflammation in check.