Scientists: Height May Indicate Risk of Diabetes

Scientists: Height May Indicate Risk of Diabetes

Scientists representing the German Institute for Nutrition Research conducted an experiment in which they found that short stature is associated with the development of type 2 diabetes. At the same time, in tall volunteers, a large waist circumference had a negative impact on health.

Scientists: Height May Indicate Risk of Diabetes

Image via: pixabay.com
Tall people have increased sensitivity to insulin and beta cell functions. In turn, a person with short stature has a high risk of heart and vascular diseases, which are also relevant for type 2 diabetes.

In the experiment, researchers involved 27,548 people: 16,644 women, whose age ranged from 35 to 65 years, and 10,904 men, from 40 to 65 years old. A variety of physical metrics were collected from the study participants, including weight, height, waist circumference, blood pressure, and leg length. As a result of the experiment, it was found that the risk of type 2 diabetes decreases for every 10 cm of additional height: by 41% in men and 33% in women. People of normal weight had a strong relationship between height and risk of disease: 86% lower in men and 67% lower in women.

In overweight or obese volunteers, every 10 cm of growth showed a 36% reduction in the risk of illness in men and 30% in women. Scientists have come to the conclusion that the increased waist circumference nullifies the positive effect of tall stature.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *