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How coming out of the closet is good for your health

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Lesbians, gays and bisexuals who are out to others have been found to have lower stress hormone levels and fewer symptoms of stress and burnout, according to a new study from the Université de Montréal. 

Out and proud: a study finds that being open about being gay with family and friends is good for your health.

Researchers recruited 87 men and women of diverse sexual orientations, all around 25 years old and living in Montreal, to visit their lab over several visits. The research team collected data via psychological questionnaires and took saliva samples to measure the stress hormone cortisol over two days. Using blood, saliva, and urine samples, the team also calculated "allostatic load," measuring how cortisol takes its toll on the body.

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