Thursday 2 June 2022 07:19 PM Taller than 5ft9? You're at greater risk of more than 100 health problems, ... trends now

Thursday 2 June 2022 07:19 PM Taller than 5ft9? You're at greater risk of more than 100 health problems, ... trends now
Thursday 2 June 2022 07:19 PM Taller than 5ft9? You're at greater risk of more than 100 health problems, ... trends now

Thursday 2 June 2022 07:19 PM Taller than 5ft9? You're at greater risk of more than 100 health problems, ... trends now

Are you taller than 5ft9? You may be at greater risk of more than 100 health problems, biggest study of its kind finds A genetic study of 250,000 adults found 100 conditions were linked to height These included irregular heartbeats, varicose veins and nerve conditions  The average height in the US  study was 5ft 9in similar to that of the typical Brit

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Tall people are at greater risk of more than 100 health problems, according to the largest study of its kind.

Researchers looked at more than 1,000 conditions among 250,000 white, Hispanic and black men and women in the US.

They found being tall was associated with a higher risk of irregular heartbeats, varicose veins, nerve damage and foot ulcers.

Tall people — defined as those 5ft 9 or above — were also more prone to skin and bone infections.

Scientists from the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Centre did not look at why tall people suffer more health issues.

But one theory is that blood must be pumped a longer distance, which may cause reduce flow - essential for keeping the body healthy.

Carrying more body mass may also put more pressure on the bones, muscles and feet, the researchers said.

However, tall people were found to be at lower risk of some major comorbidities, including coronary heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

US researchers have found height could be linked to health conditions from a study of 250,000 adults with an average height of 5ft 9in

US researchers have found height could be linked to health conditions from a study of 250,000 adults with an average height of 5ft 9in

What were the health pluses and negatives of being tall identified in the study? 

In their study the researchers found that tall people were more at risk from:

A higher risk of atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat) Greater risk of varicose veins: swollen and enlarged blood vessels that usually occur on the legs and feet More likely to get peripheral

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