NBR: Short people at greater risk of heart disease

Scientists have found a link between height and heart disease: the shorter we are, the higher our risk, although the reason for this is unclear.

The research, which came from over 52 studies, found that the shortest people were 1.5 times more likely than the tallest to live with a heart disease, die from a heart disease, or suffer a heart attack.

An excerpt: (read in full here)

“Overall, people under five foot three inches (1.60 metres) were considered short while those over five foot eight (1.73 metres) were classed as tall.

“Men who were under five foot five (1.65 metres) were short and men over five foot nine (1.76 metres) were tall, while the numbers were five foot (1.52 metres) and five foot five for women.

“Short men were 37% more likely to die from any cause than tall men while short women were at a 55% increased death risk.”