Study finds women with big boobs suffer from colds for longer
You know what’s really bloody annoying? Having big boobs. As if dealing with debilitating back pain isn’t enough of a bummer, there’s the cleavage sweat and risk of knocking yourself out anytime you go for a run. (The joys!)
But according to new research, there may be another major downside to being big-breasted: we suffer colds and respiratory conditions for twice as long as flat-chested folk.
For the study - published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behaviour - 400 women provided info about their health over a three-year period. The data showed that those with F-cups came down with colds, coughs or flu for an average of 8.3 days, while women with AA-cups felt sick for 3.8 days in total.
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"Breast size was positively related to respiratory infections,” the study’s authors confirmed.
Weird as it sounds, it does make sense on a physiological level. Fat (specifically, the kind in our breasts) weakens the immune system, making it more difficult for us to fight off respiratory infections. This can be put down to leptin, a hormone found in fat cells, that “reduces the body’s ability to stave off illnesses in the first place.”
Little wonder then, that a previous study found that women with large chests are 56 times more likely to finish a course of antibiotics.
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