Nasal Bacteria Linked To BMI
Men With Attractive Body Types Also Have Less Nasal Bacteria
Adding insult to injury, men with body types that are considered more traditionally attractive also seem to have less nasal bacteria than more heavyset men. A recent study seems to have proved that body mass index (BMI) is somehow linked to nasal pathogens in the male gender.
The study included 90 men and over 100 women. All were in good health at the time of the study. While weights were taken from the patient on the honor system, the researchers actually measured the hip and waist circumferences of participants to get a fairly accurate BMI.
Researchers actually performed the test from an evolutionary stand point. The idea of survival of the fittest would presuppose that the more attractive members of a species should also be the healthiest, thus producing the best offspring. The results of the test were mixed. While traditionally attractive men had fewer bacteria in their nasal passages, BMI seemed to have no connection with nasal health in the women.
A study of this nature may never have been conducted before that specifically tried to link physical attractiveness with health. Of course, the hypothesis cannot be confirmed by this test since the results were only as expected in the male gender.
Throat and nose swabs were used on the participants to check their passageways for six particular pathogens. When it came to the men, it seemed that the higher a person’s BMI was, the more these bacteria had colonized the area. The actual reasons for the link are still unknown, since in this particular case, the researchers really were just trying to link good looks and good health.
So what does all this mean? Well guys, it looks like if want better nasal health, one of the keys may be hitting the gym and following up on your New Year’s resolution to get in shape.