Study says: ‘Shorter people have greater risk to develop coronary heart disease’

Arecent study shows that shorter people have greater risk of coronary heart disease than the taller ones; which means, for example, that a person who is 5 feet in height has a 27 percent higher risk than someone who is five inches taller.

According to some scientists, the most recent discovery concluded that every 2.5 inches difference in height changes a person’s chances of getting the condition by 13.5 percent. Therefore, someone at 6 feet, on the other hand, has a 54 percent greater risk than a 6 feet 10 inches person.

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Lead researcher Prof Sir Nilesh Samani said the study shows the association between shorter height and higher risk of coronary heart disease is a primary relationship.

Experts have earlier knowledge that there was a link but remained unsure if it was determined by several other factors to include nutrition or socio-economic environment in childhood. However, it is unclear why being short is associated to the disease.

Meanwhile, previous suggestion stated that smaller people have smaller coronary arteries as compared to the taller individuals which may be more affected by problems with blood flow.

Prof. Jeremy Pearson of the British Heart Foundation (BHF), which part-funded the study, cited that the findings could eventually lead to new breakthroughs that could help reduce the risk of heart and circulatory disease.

While experts stressed that height could not be controlled, other contributory factors like lifestyle could be managed.

Another expert from BHF by the name of Prof. Peter Weissberg said shorter people need not be unduly worried about their health as he added that regardless of height, everyone must do everything to reduce their risk in acquiring future heart disease through healthy lifestyle which includes eating a healthy diet, engaging in regular exercise, and not smoking.

Statistics show that heart disease is Britain’s biggest killer which is responsible for 73,000 UK deaths each year or an average of one every seven minutes.