Height may be connected to blood clot risk

Height may be connected to blood clot risk

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Being tall may be less appealing to you. Research -- just released this week -- indicates that taller people have a greater specific health risk. Your height might hold clues about your risk for a variety of health problems, including venous thromboembolism, or VTE, the medical term for blood clots. That's according to a study, published Tuesday in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics. Researchers looked at data on more than 1.6M Swedish military men and more than one million Swedish women who had a first pregnancy between 1982 and 2012. They also looked at height and tracked diagnoses of blood clots. Researchers found that height can be an independent predictor of your risk for blood clots -- shorter people had a significantly decreased risk of blood clots compared to taller people. This isn't the only health concern that has been linked to how tall you are -- cancer, heart problems, gestational diabetes and even the length of your life have been linked to the length of your body, so to speak. of course, you can't change your height -- but experts point out that you can make healthy lifestyle choices that reduce your risk of various conditions.
 

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