Go to a show! It’s for your health.
Researchers from the Imperial College of London (is that a good school? sounds impressive) published their findings in the journal Public Health.
The report is called “Attending a concert reduces glucocorticoids, progesterone and the cortisol/DHEA ratio.” Jeeze, even the title of the report is punk rock!
They found that attending a live concert reduced cortisol levels in humans. Wait a minute…is cortisol bad?
You bet it is…it is the steroid hormone that gets released when you’re stressed. Wikipedia says it ain’t a cool steroid; “ increase blood sugar through gluconeogenesis, to suppress the immune system, and to aid in the metabolism of fat, protein, and carbohydrates. It also decreases bone formation.“
A little cortisol can be good…when you are facing a stressful situation…but when our modern lives are one big long serious of stresses…high cortisol levels can contribute to heart disease, diabetes, and impotency.
Nuts! So this study leads us to going to shows, for our health!
To be fair, this was a small survey…and they tested the people after soothing classical music concerts….but like Explosions in the Sky are pretty much classical music right? Or Isis?
Science Alert breaks the study down and had this quote: “This study opens up the question of how engaging with music and the arts in cultural settings can influence biological and psychological states,” the researchers conclude, “and, consequently, the potential of cultural events to enhance people’s broader health and wellbeing.”
Thank you to friend of the show Justine who rocks the Fox from Sydney for sharing this story with me.