Study says shorter men may live longer
Shorter men may have certain genes that allow them to live a longer life than their taller counterparts, according to new research.
Scientists from the Kuakini Medical Center, the UH John A. Burns School of Medicine and U.S. Veterans Affairs used data from the Kuakini Honolulu Heart Program (HHP) and the Kuakini Honolulu-Asia Aging Study (HAAS), which followed lifestyle and health conditions of more than 8,000 Japanese-Americans for almost 50 years. The researchers categorized the men into two groups—one in which the men were 5-foot-2 and shorter and the other in which the men were 5-4 and taller.
The researchers found that the men who were 5-2 and shorter lived the longest. They also found a direct relationship between height and lifespan, as the taller the men were, the shorter they lived. Researchers determined that the reason for their findings was due to a "longevity gene" called FOXO3, which is more likely to be found in shorter men. The study, published in PLOS ONE, is the first of its kind to link body size to the gene.