How your ‘ugly’ bits are GOOD for you

YOU may hate your big hooter or gener­ous behind, but those features you deem as ugly could actually be doing some good.

GP Rachel Ward says: “Not a day passes when the human body doesn’t amaze me.

Rachel Ward says: 'Not a day passes when the human body doesn’t amaze me'

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Rachel Ward says: ‘Not a day passes when the human body doesn’t amaze me’Credit: Shutterstock

“Every one of us is different due to our genetic make-up, the environments we have grown up in and physical challenges we face.

“We all look different but our bodies are all incredible in their own way, whatever the shape, size, colour and appearance.

“Let’s embrace our differences.”

Lynsey Hope looks at some of the surprising features you should be thankful for.

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Hairy toes

ARE you horrified at the sight of your hairy toes?

If so, think again, says podiatrist Emma McConnachie

Emma McConnachie says : 'When I am assess­ing patients, one of the many things I look for is hairs on the toes'

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Emma McConnachie says : ‘When I am assess­ing patients, one of the many things I look for is hairs on the toes’Credit: Getty

She reveals: “When I am assess­ing patients, one of the many things I look for is hairs on the toes, feet and legs.

“As the blood supply to this area diminishes, it can cause a loss of supply to the hair follicles.

“So sometimes, a lack of hair can be a warning sign of something that is more serious, such as peripheral artery disease.”

Bald head

ARE you paranoid about your thinning hair?

Fear not. Men who develop a receding hairline or bald patches before the age of 30 are 45 per cent less likely to develop prostate cancer later in life.

Men who develop a receding hairline or bald patches before the age of 30 are 45 per cent less likely to develop prostate cancer later in life.

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Men who develop a receding hairline or bald patches before the age of 30 are 45 per cent less likely to develop prostate cancer later in life.Credit: Getty

US scientists believe it is down to the higher levels of testosterone in those who go bald earlier, which may help to fight tumours.

They studied 2,000 men aged between 40 and 47, half of whom had suffered prostate cancer.

Professor Jonathan Wright, from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, says: “We found early onset baldness was associated with a 29 to 45 per cent reduction in their relative risk of prostate cancer.”

Moley skin

MORE moles might just mean you retain your youthful looks for longer.

They could also lower your risk of getting age-related diseases.

More moles might just mean you retain your youthful looks for longer

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More moles might just mean you retain your youthful looks for longerCredit: Getty – Contributor

A study of more than 900 sets of twins found that people with more than 100 moles tended to have longer telomeres – bits of DNA found on the ends of chromo­somes which get shorter over time.

That was compared to those with fewer than 25 moles, and the difference equated to around six or seven years of ageing, scientists at King’s College London found.

It is thought that telomeres allow the pigmented cells, which form moles, to keep dividing for longer, so increasing the number of marks on the body.

Big bottom

KEEPING up with the Kardashians in the rear-end department?

Good news – a generous bottom and thighs is healthier than a big tummy.

A generous bottom and thighs is healthier than a big tummy

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A generous bottom and thighs is healthier than a big tummyCredit: Getty

Experts say it cuts levels of “bad” cholesterol and raises levels of the healthy cholesterol, which protects against hardening of the arteries.
Researcher Konstantinos Manolopoulos reveals: “It is the shape that matters and where the fat gathers.

“Fat around the hips and thighs is good for you.”

Small boobs

DO you long for bigger boobs? Be careful what you wish for.

It turns out a smaller chest might lower your chances of developing breast cancer.

A smaller chest might lower your chances of developing breast cancer

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A smaller chest might lower your chances of developing breast cancerCredit: Getty – Contributor

Scientists at Harvard University in the US studied 16,000 women and found those who were a D-cup or above were more likely to be diagnosed than those who wore an A-cup or smaller.

It could be down to big-breasted women having more oestrogen, which could fuel the production of tumours, they suggest.

And the benefits of being flat-chested might extend to your mental health, too.

Women with extra-large breasts, a condition called “macromastia”, are more likely to suffer low self-esteem and develop eating disorders.

Big nose

IT turns out that having a big nose might be protecting you from colds and flu, according to scientists.

University of Iowa researchers in the US created two artificial noses, one of which was 2.3 times larger than the other.

Having a big nose might be protecting you from colds and flu

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Having a big nose might be protecting you from colds and fluCredit: Getty

When placed on an artificial head, the experts found the big nose drew in 6.5 per cent fewer particles.

This means it was less likely to inhale the bacteria which cause colds, and potentially less pollen, reducing the risk of hay fever.

Dr Renee Anthony, who led the study, says: “The nose sticks out and gives better protection to the mouth.

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“A big nose might lower the risk of being infected.

“It may work for pollen too.”

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