A person's height affects the possibility of getting diabetes
Being tall protects from diabetes, the data revealed by a study published in the journal Diabetologia, confirm it.
In particular the tall stature would help to prevent type 2 diabetes; as a result, however, low people have a higher risk of getting sick.
This is the complete picture of the study by Clemens Wittenbecher and Matthias Schulze, researchers of the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke. Research has shown that for every inch of height, the risk of diabetes is reduced by 41% for men and 33% for women. This association between diabetes and height seems to be more reflected in normal-weight people.
In the case in which people fall within their ideal weight, the risk of diabetes is reduced by 86% in males and by 67% in women, really encouraging data for taller people.
The study was conducted on a sample of 27,548 individuals, of which 16,644 women aged 35-65 and 10.994 men aged 40-65. The experts analyzed all the body and cardiometabolic parameters to collect as much data as possible to confirm their thesis.
The result confirms that in people of short stature the risk of getting sick with diabetes is higher than those who can boast a certain physical height.
Epidemiologists have explained that being low can be considered an alarm bell, but this factor is by no means the only one to compromise people's health. The stature is therefore associated with the disease in an indirect way, for example with the accumulation of fat in the liver which seems to be greater in lower people.
Francesco Purrello, a researcher at the University of Catania and President of the Italian Diabetology Society, expressed his views on the results of the study conducted by the German Institute of Human Nutrition. According to Purrello, in fact, it is not the first time that stature is associated with diabetes, however, this research, and the meticulousness with which it was conducted, certainly represents a great point of arrival in the search for risk factors that cause the pathology.
Therefore, these new data, together with the research already known on the disease, can help create new patterns in subjects at risk, such as lifestyle and healthy eating, and act on the triggers to prevent diabetes.