A person's height impacts their risk of multiple diseases
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Whether tall or short, a person's height increases their risk for a variety of diseases. Research team used data from the VA Million Veteran Program, which included genetic and health information from more than 200,000 white adults and more than 50,000 Black adults.

The results confirmed previous findings that being tall is linked to 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 also uncovered new associations between greater height and a higher risk of peripheral neuropathy, which is caused by damage to nerves on the extremities, as well as skin and bone infections, such as leg and foot ulcers.

The new study looked at more than 1,000 conditions and traits overall, 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 conditions in adults. Using genetic methods applied to the VA Million Veteran Program, we found evidence that adult height may impact over 100 clinical traits, including several conditions associated with poor outcomes and quality of life—peripheral neuropathy, lower extremity ulcers, and chronic venous insufficiency. They conclude that height may be an unrecognized non-modifiable risk factor for several common conditions in adults.

Source: https://journals.plos.org/plosgenetics/article?id=10.1371/journal.pgen.1010193
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