Taking responsibility for women is good for your health (if you are a woman!). Studies have shown that women who live in matriarchal societies have lower blood pressure
- The matriarchal Mosuo tribe in southwest China has been the subject of a new study
- The researchers found that women had lower blood pressure than those in male-run villages
- Blood tests showed that chronic inflammation in women-run villages was 50% lower
Women in a matriarchal Chinese tribe – where women inherit property, control finances, and take in as many lovers as they want – are healthier than those in male-dominated villages, researchers have found.
A new study suggests that women who live in villages of the Mosuo tribe in southwest China known as the "Kingdom of Women" have lower blood pressures than similar villages run by men.
It has also been found that women in these communities are less likely to have heart disease or type 2 diabetes because they have far fewer inflammatory proteins in their blood.
A new study found that omens living in villages of the Mosuo tribe in southwest China known as the "Kingdom of Women" have lower blood pressure than similar villages run by men. (Photo: women from the Mosuo ethnic group)
This emerges from a new study by the Institute of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico, which was carried out by Siobhán Mattison.
Dr. Mattison believes the results of this study could explain why women in the rest of society tend to be in poorer health than men.
Speak with The Times, she said: & # 39; O.Our study provides evidence to support the notion that women's autonomy and decision-making are good for women's health. & # 39;
The matriarchal Mouso tribe, in which grandmothers are the heads of households, lies at the foot of the Himalayas near the border with Tibet.
It served as the perfect basis for conducting the study, as the Mosuo have both matriarchal and patriarchal villages.
The Mosuo have both matriarchal and patriarchal villages, both of which were analyzed in the study. In male-run villages, 33 percent of women had high blood pressure compared to women-run villages, which were 26 percent (file picture of women from the Mosuo tribe).
The study looked at members from 24 Mosuo villages – half of which were male-dominated – and analyzed blood pressure readings and tested blood for a substance known as C-reactive protein, a sign of inflammation.
In villages run by men, 33 percent of women had high blood pressure compared to villages run by women, which were 26 percent.
An even stronger contrast was found in the blood analysis for chronic inflammation, which was 50 percent lower in women in women-run villages.
Eight percent of women showed signs of chronic inflammation in patriarchal villages compared with four percent in matriarchal villages.
Interestingly, the study found that men who lived in matriarchal villages did not experience any significant health outcomes. (File picture of the Mosuo tribe)
Interestingly, the study found that men who lived in matriarchal villages did not experience any significant health outcomes.
The head of the study, Dr. Mattison, suggests that the results show that when women have more control over their lives, they lead to less psychological stress, which in turn brings biological benefits.
The matrilineal Mosuo in southwest China has been described as the only human society lacking fathers and husbands.
Instead, it is known for its "walking marriage" agreements, where partners do not live in the same households and women allow certain men to visit them at night.
Women inherit property, control finances, and take as many lovers as they want.
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