Do Shorter Men Live Longer?
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Being a shorter man could indicate a longer lifespan, according to research published in the journal PLOS One. Qimei He, PhD, and colleagues from the University of Hawaii examined data of the 8,003 American men of Japanese ancestry from the Honolulu Heart Program/Honolulu-Asia Aging Study (HHP/HAAS) spanning over 40 years. Men that were 5-foot-2 and shorter had the lowest risk of all-cause mortality, as well as a lower risk of all cancer mortality and mortality from cancer unrelated to smoking. These men were also more likely to have a protective form of the gene FOX03 that is associated with longevity, lower blood insulin levels, and reduced cancer risk.
Here's the long and short of it: Being vertically challenged isn't necessarily a disadvantage, especially when it comes to longevity. A study of Japanese-Americans in Hawaii found that shorter men live longer than their taller counterparts. Researchers studied the characteristics of thousands of ...
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