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Height Associated with Longevity

By Reventropy Associates, Diego, California

A study of Sardinians finds that shorter men live longer.

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Sardinians are shorter than people in the rest of Europe and tend to live longer. Sardinia is known as a blue zone, which means it has a remarkably high percentage of long-lived people.

Within Sardinia, there is a group of 14 municipalities that exhibit higher longevity compared to the rest of the island. In addition, as height declines among these municipalities, longevity increases with the shortest municipaliity, Villagrande Strisaili, having the greatest longevity.

Professor Poulain, University of Louvain (Belgium) and Dr. Salaris, University of Cagliari (Italy), led a study to determine whether there was a relationship between height and longevity among almost 500 males born between 1866 and 1915. Salaris and Poulain found that shorter men lived about 2 years longer than taller men. The results of the study were published in the journal, Biodemography and Social Biology.

This new study supports over 12 previous studies that have found that shorter height promotes greater longevity. For example, this Sardinian study is consistent with a study conducted in Spain that tracked 1.3 million men through a 70-year period and found that longevity increased with reduced height. Similar results were found in an Ohio study by Professor Dennis Miller based on about 1700 men and women.

An American study by Samaras found similar results based on...

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