Numerous Western studies have shown a negative correlation between height and cardiovascular disease. However, these correlations do not prove causation. This review provides a variety of studies showing short people have little to no cardiovascular disease. When shorter people are compared to taller people, a number of biological mechanisms evolve favoring shorter people, including reduced telomere shortening, lower atrial fibrillation, higher heart pumping efficiency, lower DNA damage, lower risk of blood clots, lower left ventricular hypertrophy and superior blood parameters. The causes of increased heart disease among shorter people in the developed world are related to lower income, excessive weight, poor diet, lifestyle factors, catch-up growth, childhood illness and poor environmental conditions. For short people in developed countries, the data indicate that a plant-based diet, leanness and regular exercise can substantially reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

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Journal of the World Health Nutrition Association, Volume 3, Number 2, March 2011

Commentary. Human growth, height, size: Reasons to be small

Thomas T. Samaras


This paper warns of the worldwide dangers related to increasing growth and body size.
Samaras explores the impact of increasing body size on performance, intelligence, the environment, resource consumption, and fiscal costs. Numerous examples of his findings are illustrated.

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