Women With Big Boobs Suffer Worse Colds, Scientists Say

Fall is long over and summer is a distant memory, so it's safe to say we've now fully entered into what is quite possibly the worst time of the year for our poor immune systems: cold season.

Get ready for sniffles, coughs, and endless sneezes.

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This is that glorious period of time where it gets dark at like, 4 PM and everyone around you is carrying a contagious bug that wants to make you miserable for about a week or so.

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But not all colds are created equal.


New research has shown that a certain demographic of people might actually have it worse than others when cold season comes around. And those people are...well, busty

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Yes, apparently women's boob sizes can actually have an effect on how bad their experience with colds are.

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Polish scientists recently published their findings in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior where they concluded that women with larger breasts suffer worse colds than those with smaller breasts.

(I just know there's a "chest cold" joke in here somewhere but I'm above that).

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To come to this conclusion, researchers quizzed 163 young, non-pregnant, Caucasian women about their health over the last three years.

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Women with F-cup sized breasts were found to contract cough, colds, and flus that lasted for an average of 8.3 days. Meanwhile, women with AA cups were only sick for about 3.8 days.

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Women with bigger breasts were also found to be up to 56 times more likely to turn to antibiotics to deal with their colds.


Sorry ladies—better head on over to your local drug mart 'cause you likely won't be able to just "sleep off" this one.

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But what exactly does breast size have to do with the common cold?

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Well, one theory posed by researchers suggests that the fatty tissue in women's breasts could weaken their immune systems, making it harder for them to recover from infections.

The hormone leptin, which is produced in that fatty tissue, could very well be the culprit.

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So what can we all take away from this study?

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Basically, in addition to back, neck, and shoulder problems, as well as societal scrutiny, judgement, and assumptions, women with big breasts also have to deal with having worse colds than everyone else.

Sorry, ladies.

h/t: Archives of Sexual Behavior

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