Body height affects the strength of immune response in young men, but not young women

Indrikis A. Krams, Ilona Skrinda, Sanita Kecko, Fhionna R. Moore, Tatjana Krama, Ants Kaasik, Laila Meija, Vilnis Lietuvietis, Markus J. Rantala

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Body height and other body attributes of humans may be associated with a diverse range of social outcomes such as attractiveness to potential mates. Despite evidence that each parameter plays a role in mate choice, we have little understanding of the relative role of each, and relationships between indices of physical appearance and general health. In this study we tested relationships between immune function and body height of young men and women. In men, we report a non-linear relationship between antibody response to a hepatitis-B vaccine and body height, with a positive relationship up to a height of 185 cm, but an inverse relationship in taller men. We did not find any significant relationship between body height and immune function in women. Our results demonstrate the potential of vaccination research to reveal costly trai.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6223
JournalScientific Reports
Publication statusPublished - 28 Aug 2014

Field of Science*

  • 3.3 Health sciences
  • 3.1 Basic medicine

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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