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Want to live longer? Be short.

Very Old Gravestones.

Who doesn’t want to live longer and be healthier.  I know I do and for that reason today is another good day to be short.

Yes a recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine reported that tall men are less likely to develop heart disease then shorter men.  However if you read Dr. James Hamblin’s article in The Atlantic, you will soon learn that shorter southern European men have lower rates of cardiac death then their northern neighbors.  Those tall Swedish and Norwegian folks are twice as likely to die from heart disease as shorter Spanish and Portuguese people, who happen to be five inches shorter.  On top of that a 2013 study from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine found that short women have lower cancer risk.

Not convinced yet?  Another study found taller individuals at greater risk for cancer and with higher mortality rates from cancer.  And lets not forget the extra short Okinawan’s, the worlds longest living group with the worlds lowest rates of cancer and heart disease.  Yes there are multiple factors that contribute to the long lives of Okinawan’s but you can bet that height is one of the major contributors.

So the next time the cute girl at the bar chooses to go home with the tall blond guy, don’t worry, he doesn’t have nearly as much time as you to enjoy the extra attention he is getting now.

To read all of Dr. Hamblin’s article click here


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