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Height can be a risk factor for multiple health problems News

November 16, 2022, 12:38 PM ISTSource: ANI

A large genetic study has found that a person’s height can affect the risk of several common health problems in adulthood. Key findings include an association between height and a lower risk of coronary heart disease, and an association between height and a higher risk of peripheral neuropathy and circulatory disorders. The results appeared in the June 2, 2022 issue of the journal PLOS Genetics. Height is not generally considered a risk factor for disease. But previous research has shown correlations between how tall someone is and their likelihood of developing some health problems. What is not well understood is whether this correlation has a biological basis or is due to other factors. To investigate this connection, VA researchers looked at genetic and medical data from more than 280,000 veterans who participated in MVP. They compared this data to a list of 3,290 genetic variants associated with height from a recent genome analysis.

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