New Research Claims Some People May Be Too Fine To Get Sick

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According to a new research, looks affect our risk of illness. Some people like Boris Kodjoe and Ms Darego may be too fine to to fall ill easily. The research, released this week by US researchers, claims attractive people are less likely to get tinnitus, asthma, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

The research claims the more physically attractive men and women are rated, the more unlikely they are to suffer from a wide range of health problems, from high cholesterol to depression.

They also feel healthier, have less time off work and are diagnosed with fewer physical and mental health conditions during their lifetime.

The findings are based on a study of 15,000 men and women aged 24 to 35 who have been followed since they were ten.

It’s the biggest study yet to find links between attractiveness and good health, and the first to home in on a number of individual diseases.

The researchers, from the University of Cincinnati and other centres, point out that, until now, most studies have been on students. 

Unlike earlier studies, this is based on the researchers’ ratings of the participants’ physical attractiveness done face-to-face, rather than assessments based on pictures, drawings or videos.

The researchers, whose work is being published in the journal Evolution And Human Behaviour, say that attractiveness may be a marker of good genes, which also signal good health, as well as increasing the likelihood of having healthy offspring.

The study involved face-to-face interviews and questionnaires, as well as an analysis of health data. 
The men and women were quizzed about whether they had been diagnosed with various conditions or suffered symptoms of them.  

Attractiveness rating was based on the assessment made by each interviewer after a 90-minute session. The men and women were put into five categories — very unattractive, unattractive, about average, attractive or very attractive.

There were direct links between attractiveness and a number of health conditions, and the more attractive the person was rated, the lower the risk of ill-health.

For each increase in the rating of physical attractiveness for men, there was a 13 per cent reduction in the likelihood of a diagnosis for high cholesterol, a 20 per cent drop in the risk of high blood pressure, a 15 per cent reduction in the probability of being diagnosed with depression, a 23 per cent decrease in the likelihood of an ADHD diagnosis, and a 21 per cent lower likelihood of stuttering.

Women who were rated as more attractive were 21 per cent less likely to be diagnosed with high blood pressure, 22 per cent less likely to have diabetes, 12 per cent less likely to be asthmatic, 17 per cent less likely to suffer from depression, 18 per cent less likely to receive an ADHD diagnosis, 18 per cent less likely to stutter and 13 per cent less likely to have tinnitus.

Both the men and women who were rated as very physically attractive were also more positive about their own health and had fewer days off work due to illness. 
They also had a reduced number of chronic disease diagnoses, of psychological disorders and of disease diagnoses overall.

The researchers suggest their findings support the theory that attractiveness is a marker of healthy genes.

 
Culled from UK Daily Mail

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