For decades together, scientists have been trying to find the relationship between the height of a person and his/her risk of heart disease and have been successful in finding strong connections. Research proves that tall people are likelier to suffer from atrial fibrillation and Marfan syndrome while short people are at a greater risk of coronary artery disease. A study by the AHA’s journal Stroke puts forth the fact that short children face increased risk of stroke as adults. The research studied over 300000 Danish schoolchildren born over six decades. Scientists observed that boys and girls who were 2-3 inches shorter than average when they were between 7 and 13 years of age were at an increased risk of stroke during their adult years. We also need to consider the limitations that ‘short’ and ‘tall’ varies between populations and genders too. Learn to identify stroke with the help of the guidelines available at www.firsteatright.com.
A recent study blames the genes. This is because, there are more than 180 genes that determine a person’s health and increase the chances of having bad cholesterol levels and triglycerides.
Another 2010 observational study of over 3 million people men and women concluded that shorter people were at an increased risk of facing deadly heart disease than tall people. Just because most data point towards shorter people being at a greater risk of heart problems, it is better that short-heighted people take more cautious efforts to stay away from heart problems. This does not mean that tall people will never succumb to heart attacks. Risk factors exist for every disease, but everything finally boils down to the way in which people lead their lives-healthy, unhealthy, sedentary or active! This is also a sign of positivity to short people who feel that their stature overpowers health. Lifestyle can change everything (almost 90% of heart health) for the better or worse-depending on what you prefer to follow.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.