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Short People More Likely to Develop Heart Disease

According to a new review of evidence from 52 studies, Finnish researchers have concluded that short people are at greater risk of developing heart disease than tall people. Following the first ever systematic review and meta-analysis of the studies involving more than 3 million people, researchers writing at the European Heart Journal determined that short adult males and females were 1.5 times more likely to develop heart disease and die as a result than people who were taller. If you're wondering which height is ideal when it comes to heart disease risk, you're out of luck. The researchers say that "due to the heterogeneity of studies," they can't indicate a "critical absolute height." The authors say that's why they utilized a "shortest-vs.-tallest group setting."

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