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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Study Finds That Shorter Men Live Longer

For those who felt down when they have found out that they're maximum height is below five foot two at their maximum age, You don't need to wear that frown anymore. A new study from the University of Hawaii finds that shorter men is proven to have longer lives compared to their tallest rivals.

The study have more than 8,000 American men of Japanese ancestry participants who were born between the years 1900 and 1919. The lifestyles and health patterns of these men were carefully followed and studied thoroughly through the years. 1,200 men from the study got to live into their 90s and 100s age range, while approximately 250 of those men are still alive and kicking up to this day.

According to the study, The taller you got, the shorter you lived. The research was able to compare that the taller men got more chances of having cancers and risks for having elevated blood insulin levels. The study also proved that the longevity gene called FOXO3, which leads to smaller body size during early development and a longer lifespan are more prominent in shorter men whose height ranges from five feet two and below.

According to Bradley Willcox, from the Department of Geriatric Medicine :

The folks that were five-foot-two and shorter lived the longest. The range was seen all the way across from being five-foot tall to six-foot tall. The taller you got, the shorter you lived. This study shows for the first time, that body size is linked to the FOXO3 gene. We knew that in animal models of aging. We did not know that in humans. There is no specific height or age range that should be targeted as a cut-off in the study, in part because "no matter how tall you are, you can still live a healthy lifestyle" to offset having a typical FOXO3 genotype rather than the longevity-enhancing form of the FOXO3 gene.

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