Sex Addiction May Be Caused by Too Much Caring Hormone Oxytocin, Study Suggests
- Researchers say they have found differences in the genetic makeup of addicts
- Those with excess oxytocin can be attracted to many people at the same time.
- The hormone is believed to make sex more rewarding, according to research
Sex addictions do exist, scientists say, and this may be caused by too much "cuddling" hormone.
Despite allegations that one in ten men and one in 12 women are sex addicts – including stars like Michael Douglas and Tiger Woods – many refuse to believe it is a real condition.
But now researchers say they have found differences in the genetic makeup of addicts.
They think this increases the levels of oxytocin, the so-called caring hormone, which is said to make people relate and stay together.
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Those with excess oxytocin can be attracted to many people at the same time, leading them to compulsively seek sex.
The hormone is also thought to make sex more rewarding.
Researchers, led by the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, analyzed the blood of 60 people, mostly men, who were being treated for sexual dependence.
They discovered important differences in their genetic material 'microRNA'.
The study's senior author, Professor Jussi Jokinen, said: “Many patients cannot control their behavior and can have adverse effects on their lives, from broken relationships to depression and anxiety.
Those with excess oxytocin can be attracted to many people at the same time, leading them to compulsively seek sex (archive image)
"Based on our findings and other researchers," there is growing evidence that sex addiction is a medical diagnosis that has a neurobiological cause. "
Last year, the World Health Organization declared sex addiction a mental disorder for the first time.
The study, published in Epigenetics magazine, compared 60 sex addicts with 33 non-addicts, looking at "chemical marks". in your genes.
The researchers emphasized that the difference between people was very small, but enough to change their microRNA.
The findings may explain why cognitive behavioral therapy, which reduces oxytocin, helps addicts change their pathways and may lead to a new drug to block the "hug" hormone.
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