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Recent research has suggested that facial attractiveness indicates immune responsiveness in men

dharmendraWhat has cold or immunity had to do with beauty? this can be  the normal reaction from all of us. However,  the  recent research conducted at Finland suggest that  Being attractive is linked to a having strong immune system, but this is limited to male only, it’s not apply to female! reports daily mail.

Scientists vaccinated 52 young Latvian women against hepatitis B and measured the amount of antibodies produced. They also checked cortisol levels, which indicate stress.

The scientists, led by Markus Rantala, of the University of Turku, Finland, then photographed the women, who had an average age of 20, and asked 18 heterosexual male undergraduates to rate their attractiveness.

The researchers then checked for links between attractiveness and immune responsiveness

Dr Rantala said: 'In contrast to findings in men, we found that women’s immune response (i.e. ability to produce antibodies) is not associated with their facial attractiveness.

But because the system is so complex it would be premature to say a pretty face does not signal a strong immune defence in women, because there may be different trade offs in components going on, he added. 

Dr Rantala said: 'It is possible that facial attractiveness signals a different arm of the immune defence in women than men. This remains to be tested in future studies.

'Our study suggests facial attractiveness in women does not indicate immune responsiveness against hepatitis B but is associated with two other aspects of long term health and fertility, circulating levels of the stress hormone cortisol and percentage body fat.

'Thus there seems to be a sex difference in association between immune defence and facial attractiveness in humans.'

Future studies would be needed to check whether facial attractiveness signalled a different arm of immune defence in women as opposed to men.

The study of cortisol levels showed that women, like men, are thought to be less attractive when subjected  to stress.

The authors say there have been many studies in humans 'that have found that stress has strong negative effect on health, including immune function, heart disease and susceptibility to cancer, etc'.

The report is published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters.

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