Awesome facts: How Height affects Your Health

We often see, a super short or an extra tall person is always become a focal of fun or criticism. Let’s keep this teasing aside. Researches proved that height can be a serious business when it comes to your health. Height can influence many things from risk of heart disease and cancer to your income and perceived attractiveness.

Let’s learn some more interesting facts that reveals about your height.

Being Tall is good for your heart

According to a study in European Heart Journal, being shorter may cause a higher risk of heart disease. Studies found that shorter people under 5 feet 3 inches are having higher risk of dying from from cardiovascular disease than taller people. Also studies found that genes linked to height can increase the risk of heart disease.

Kids grow faster in first year

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, kids seems to grow rapidly to age 1, adding about 10 inches to their height from birth. After which height steadily increase until adolescence.

Girls usually stop growing two to three years after they started having periods. While some boys reach their full adult height in high school only, others continue growing whole teenage.

Growth hormones are released during sleep. So, you must ensure your child getting a good night sleep to reach their full potential.

Americans Are No Longer the World’s Tallest

In the 18th and 19th centuries, American were considered to be the tallest people in the world but recent studies found that today, Dutch and Netherlands men and women became the tallest men and women average 6 feet and 5 feet 6.5 inches, respectively.

Your height changes all Day long

Amazing fact; you are tallest when you wake up and may become one centimeter shorter by the day end. Studies found that the disk may get compressed from being upright all day long. But, as you sleep, the spine again decompresses, to retain your lost length.

Height determined by genetics aren’t Everything

Your height is determined roughly 60 to 80 by genetics, while the rest depends on environmental factors and childhood nutrition. “Nutrition is the most important factor for growth. Provide your children a well balanced nutritious food like fruits and veggies, dairy, whole grains, and lean protein, which supplies the essential vitamins and minerals that supports in growth.

Certain medical issues can effect growth

Sleep problems and headaches affects the height in children. some medical issues like food allergies, hormone imbalances, kidney, liver and heart issues and certain drugs also affect the growth in children.

With Height increases Cancer Risk

According to a study in the journal Lancet Oncology, the taller you are, the greater you have the risk of cancer. Studies have found that tallest women had 37% greater risk of developing cancer than shorter women.

Instead, you can focus on reducing the cancer risk factors like not smoking, limiting alcohol intake and maintaining a healthy weight.

How height affects status

Many studies have found that, on average, taller people hold jobs of higher status and earn more money.

Study reveals; when individual regards themselves, called social esteem while when individuals are regarded by others called social esteem. This social and self esteem affects individuals’ job performance and career success.

Height makes you hot and attractive

Science shows that taller people perceived as being more attractive and hot. You can perfect your posture by adding your appearance of inches to your structure with high heels. You must also dress up to look taller. Just avoid wearing contrast colors like white and black because it breaks up your body making you appear small. Try to keep your heels and accessories like belt and purses in proportion.

Genes may cause height extremes

Very tall or very short person may have gigantism or dwarfism respectively. Adult having 4 feet 10 inches or less is considered to have dwarfism. Some people develop gigantism due to excess of growth hormones during childhood (benign tumor on the pituitary gland).

Adults grow shorter as they age

Its a fact that adults grow shorter at age 40. Is this Normal?

Behind this shrinkage, the disk in your spine starts loosing water and begin to compress over time. A bone weakening disease called Osteoporosis, is the main cause of this shrinkage.

Good news is working on your posture can help you counter height loss. Proper posture can make you maintain proper height. Exercises like stretching, yoga, strength exercises, and working with a chiropractor can help you maintaining proper posture.

Brought to you by Asian Institute of Medical Sciences — your trusted companion in healthcare.

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