You are tall? Then congratulations! They live longer than those that are less than 1.5 m


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The secret of a long life is in food, physical activity, mental health … and now the stature. Yes, you read well. Your life expectancy depends on your stature. A new study has just revealed this fact, stating that the only women who live to be over 90 years old are tall.

Tall woman and short man kissing — Image by © Tim Tadder/Corbis

In 1986, scientists from the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands conducted a study with eight thousand participants from 55 to 69 years of age. They analyzed the relationship between height, body mass index and exercise they did to date.

All participants were monitored until they were 90 years old or died, whichever came first. In the end, 433 men and 944 women survived until they were 90 years old, and it was discovered that the females who reached this age were the highest.

Women who measured more than 1.70 were 31 percent more likely to reach 90, than those who were just over 1.50.

We can only speculate about why height would be associated with reaching old age in women. We made a hypothesis in which the observed relation could be referred to the contraction (of stature), which is more common among women. Therefore, those that were higher at the beginning of our study could have experienced less contraction.

Older adults may be shortened because the cartilage between their joints wears out and osteoporosis causes the spine to become shorter.

Another important fact is that women who exercised for 30 to 60 minutes a day were 21 percent more likely to reach 90 years than those who did less than 30 minutes.


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