Thursday, December 14, 2006

Height loss link to heart disease

Losing 3cm or more might equal heart disease BBC News 12/12/06 "those who lost 3cm in height were 64% more likely to die than those who lost less than 1cm...Height loss was associated with a 42% increased risk of coronary events such as heart attacks, even in men who had no history of cardiovascular leader Dr Goya Wannamethee, reader in epidemiology at the Royal Free and University College Medical School in London, said osteoporosis was associated with more severe height loss - generally 6cm. "It's been well established that shortness is associated with cardiovascular disease, so we were interested to see whether height loss itself could influence mortality," she said. "It's another indicator of poor health," she concluded. "Even fairly benign height loss." "

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