New study shows link between height and risk of type 2 diabetes


(CNN) –Can your height make you more or less prone to certain diseases? Well apparently it can.

An interesting new study out of Germany may have found a link between height, and type two diabetes.

According to the study, shorter people are more of a risk of developing the disease then their taller peers.

Researchers looked at more than 2,500 middle-aged men and women in Germany from a pool of 26,000. After accounting for factors such as age and lifestyle, it was found that those who were taller, have a lower risk for diabetes.

In fact, in both men and women, for every three inches of added height, risk was lowered by more than 30-percent.

The author believes one reason for this is that greater height is associated with lower liver fat content.

Of course this isn’t an alarm for all short people to run and get screened, but it could be added in the future as another risk factor, along with family history and obesity.

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