TOO TALL FOR COM­FORT

Health & Nutrition - - HEALTH FLASH -

Be­ing tall may put you at a higher risk of de­vel­op­ing blood clots in your veins. The taller you are, the greater your risk of hav­ing a ve­nous throm­boem­bolism – a blood clot that forms in a vein. In a Swedish study, pub­lished in the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion jour­nal ‘Cir­cu­la­tion: Car­dio­vas­cu­lar Ge­net­ics’, the risk of ve­nous throm­boem­bolism for men shorter than five feet three inches dropped 65% com­pared to men taller than six feet two inches. Re­searchers sug­gest that grav­ity may play a role. There is more grav­i­ta­tional pres­sure in the legs of taller peo­ple. That can work against the up­ward flow of blood through the veins to the heart.

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