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8 Strange Ways Your Height May Affect Your Health

Reader's Digest Logo By Rachael Schultz of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 8: <p>One of the most clear associations between height and health is that tall folks may have <a href="https://www.rd.com/health/conditions/13-things-cardiologists-wont-tell-you/1/">healthier hearts</a>. According to a review of 52 studies involving more than 3 million men and women published in the European Heart Journal, shorter people are 50 percent more likely to suffer from deadly heart disease than their taller counterparts. Women who are 5 feet 8 inches are 28 percent less likely to develop heart disease compared to those who are 5 feet 3 inches, according to a 2015 study in the New England Journal of Medicine. For every two-and-a-half inches taller you are than someone of the same sex, your risk of heart disease goes down by 14 percent. Regardless of your stature, these cardiologist-approved lifestyle tips can help you <a href="https://www.rd.com/health/conditions/how-to-prevent-heart-disease/">reduce your risk of heart disease</a>.</p>

Tall: Lower risk of heart disease

Whether you’re a beanpole or a shrimp, your height influences your life in more ways than just fueling childhood nicknames.

One of the most clear associations between height and health is that tall folks may have healthier hearts. According to a review of 52 studies involving more than 3 million men and women published in the European Heart Journal, shorter people are 50 percent more likely to suffer from deadly heart disease than their taller counterparts. Women who are 5 feet 8 inches are 28 percent less likely to develop heart disease compared to those who are 5 feet 3 inches, according to a 2015 study in the New England Journal of Medicine. For every two-and-a-half inches taller you are than someone of the same sex, your risk of heart disease goes down by 14 percent. 

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