A recent study by Diabetologia, a medical journal about diabetology from the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, revealed the connection between height and diabetes: shorter people have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

In males, the risk of type 2 diabetes reduces 41% for every 10 centimeters of added height. In females, the risk decreases 33%. Factors such as lifestyle confounders, waist circumference, education and age.

The link between short height and diabetes is said to be because of increased liver fat content and “a less favourable profile of cardiometabolic risk factors,” according to the authors of the research.

The research is that of scientists from the German Center for Diabetes Research and the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke.

27,548 participants were studied. 16,644 were females at 35 to 65 years, and 10,904 were males at 40 to 65 years of age. The analysis was done with a random representative sample, chosen by the researchers, of about 10% of the cohort.

This is not the first finding that found that short stature is associated with a higher risk of type 2; it simply supports previous studies.

Read about the rest of the study here: Diabetologia

Author: Julie Kang

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