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A first-of-its-kind study has taken a look at how ar­gu­ments be­tween spouses can af­fect the gut. Re­searchers from the Ohio State Univer­sity Wexner Med­i­cal Cen­ter ex­am­ined 43 mar­ried cou­ples, aged 24 to 61 who had been wed for at least three years. Par­tic­i­pants were asked to dis­cuss a con­tentious topic in the re­la­tion­ship – in this case, in-laws and money – for 20 min­utes. Cou­ples that had a hos­tile fight­ing style, which in­cluded ver­bally crit­i­cis­ing their part­ner or rolling their eyes, had higher lev­els of Lps-bind­ing protein (LBP), a marker of leaky gut syn­drome, com­pared to those who weren’t hos­tile. Peo­ple with the high­est lev­els of this protein also had sig­nif­i­cantly higher lev­els (al­most 80 per cent) of C-re­ac­tive protein – a marker of in­flam­ma­tion – than those with the low­est lev­els of LBP.

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