Slim, attractive men have less nasal bacteria than heavier counterparts

   Feb 19, 11:44 am

Washington, Feb 19 (ANI): A new study has revealed a link between Body Mass Index (BMI) and the amount of bacteria colonizing noses, suggesting that heavier men harbor more potentially pathogenic species of bacteria in their nose, compared with slimmer, more traditionally attractive men.

"According to an evolutionary point of view, traits related to attractiveness are supposed to be honest signals of biological quality," Dr. Boguslaw Pawlowski, said. "We analyzed whether nasal and throat colonization with potentially pathogenic bacteria is related to body height and BMI in both sexes."

103 healthy females and 90 healthy males participated in the study. Heights and weights were self-reported, while waist and hip circumferences were measured.

Six potentially pathogenic bacteria were isolated and identified from nasal and throat swabs. The results showed that 'colonized' men were found to have a higher BMI than non-colonized males, although no differences were found in females.

The study was published in the American Journal of Human Biology. (ANI)

Pulmonary hypertension's links with diabetes, cancer discovered Oct 31, 3:02 pm
Washington, Oct 31 (ANI): A team of scientists have discovered pulmonary hypertension's links with diabetes and cancer.
Full Story
Seizures, migraines produced by single gene mutation Oct 31, 2:14 pm
Washington, Oct 31 (ANI): In a new study, scientists have found that seizures and migraines may actually be linked as they could be produced by a single gene mutation.
Full Story
Today's kids could experience time travel, invisibility cloaks during lifetimes Oct 31, 1:35 pm
London, Oct 31 (ANI): A new study has predicted that some of the amazing phenomenons like time travel, invisibility cloaks and teleportation could be part of everyday life of today's kids by 2025.
Full Story
Newborn babies' weight governs risk for future diseases Oct 31, 1:35 pm
Washington, Oct 31 (ANI): A new study has shown a link between a baby's weight at the time of birth and the risk of diseases in the longer run.
Full Story
Comments

LATEST STORIES
TOP VIDEO STORIES
PHOTO GALLERY