Tuesday , September 19 2017
Home / Health & Fitness / Can Your Height Actually Increase Your Risk for Heart Disease?

Can Your Height Actually Increase Your Risk for Heart Disease?

December 27,2016

Giant love.
Giant love.

Did you hear the latest? Apparently height could impact your health!

Perhaps you saw the news report last week about a new study linking height to heart disease. The study, which was reported in The New England Journal of Medicine, looked at over 200,000 people and found that shorter men have an increased risk for heart disease. Interestingly, the shorter they were, the greater this likelihood was.

The study examined 180 genetic variants among short and tall people and found a trait related to LDL cholesterol and triglycerides that may play a role in affecting the development of coronary artery disease (CAD). But, I have to say, this role was minimal at most.

Although researchers did find a link between height and heart disease, there’s no reason to be alarmed if you’re the shortest guy in your circle of friends. The risk is very small. It’s nothing like the risk incurred by smoking or having high cholesterol, and really isn’t much to worry about—especially if you lead a healthy lifestyle.

There are some very important things to consider in this study. First off, all participants were Caucasians of European descent. This is a relatively specific group in terms of genetics. The study also indicated that people 2.5 inches below average height had a 13.5% higher risk of heart disease. It’s also important to note that average height varies depending on your location in the world. For example, the average height of a man in Denmark is 6’, while it’s about 5’9” in the U.S.

Because genetics were not found to play a significant role in this study, it’s my estimation that the risk is largely environmental. Depression, for example, can have a stronger effect on people below average height. These factors play a role along with lifestyle choices like exercise and diet, which greatly impact heart health.

Regardless of your height or gender, the best ways to take care of your heart are to follow a healthy diet and ensure you’re getting regular exercise. Your body, no matter how short or tall, will respond to what you do to it, good or bad. Our Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin aims to help you focus on the good, so stay tuned!

About info@mehaderezena.com

Check Also

TPLF confirms transfer of Somali national labels him a ‘terrorist

01/09/2017  20:59 The TPLF  Ethiopian government has confirmed the transfer of Somali national belonging to ...