Friday, 2 October 2015

Reaching the Heights?


A Swedish study, based on large numbers of citizens of that country, has strongly suggested that tall people are more likely to develop cancers than their restricted height counterparts (http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/oct/01/taller-people-more-likely-to-get-cancer-say-researchers). This applies to both males and females and could be a consequence of their simply having more cells (to go cancerous) or a higher intake of foods. Having said that, there is also a strong link between human growth hormone levels (tall people have more of this, certainly at some stages of development) and growth of some cancers. I feel quite relieved to have reached my 70s, having sped to 2M by age 12! There are, however, some advantages to being tall. There is a positive association between height and intelligence; you get better views in a crowd; basketball is an option for you and you may even be better paid.

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