Taller people more at risk of skin infections, nerve disorders: Study

New York: While standing tall among the crowd can give you an edge, the extra inches can come at a cost. A new study has confirmed that people who are tall are at a higher risk of developing a host of health problems, including skin infections and nervous disorders.

Tall or short, a person’s height is known to increase the risk of various diseases. Although height has previously been linked to multiple common conditions, ranging from heart disease to cancer, scientists have been unable to determine whether being tall or short puts them at risk, or whether factors influencing height, such as diet and socioeconomic status, are actually too much. being big. blame.

Sridharan Raghavan of the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center, confirmed previous findings that his longevity is associated with a higher risk of atrial fibrillation and varicose veins, and a lower risk of coronary heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

The study, published in the open access journal PLOS Genetics, also revealed new associations between increased height and a higher risk of peripheral neuropathy, which is caused by damage to nerves in the extremities, as well as skin and bone infections, such as leg and foot infections. to swear.

The team included genetic and health information from more than 250,000 adults and analyzed a total of more than 1,000 conditions and traits, making it the largest study of height and disease to date.

The researchers conclude that height may be a previously unrecognized risk factor for several common disorders in adults. However, they noted that more studies are needed to clarify some of these associations, and that future studies would benefit from including a larger, more diverse international population.

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