Deep voice health link

The Sunday Times - - NEWS -

MEN with deep voices are health­ier, a sci­en­tific study has re­vealed.

Re­searchers found that males with lower voices have more an­ti­bod­ies in their throats to fight in­fec­tion.

It was thought women found men with the deep­est voices more at­trac­tive be­cause it sig­ni­fied high testos­terone levels and a big­ger frame, which may have pro­vided men with an evo­lu­tion­ary ad­van­tage.

But a new study has found those with a deeper voice are also less likely to get ill.

Re­searchers recorded more than 100 vol­un­teers and took throat sam­ples for signs of im­munoglob­u­lin-A, an an­ti­body and marker of im­mu­nity.

The throat swabs of men with deep voices showed their bod­ily de­fences were bet­ter equipped to com­bat germs — a sur­vival ad­van­tage mak­ing such men at­trac­tive to a po­ten­tial mate.

“A mas­cu­line voice must be an hon­est, re­li­able sig­nal of male im­mune qual­ity. The study demon­strates a relationship be­tween voice pitch and a marker of health,” Steven Arnocky, of Nipiss­ing Uni­ver­sity in Canada, said.

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