A lot of people know that obesity and other factors make them vulnerable to diabetes but they may not have idea that there could be a connection between height and the sugar disease. A recent study has revealed that shorter people are at higher risk to fall prey for type-2 diabetes.
The study published in the journal Diabetologia, also found the risk of future type-2 diabetes was 41 per cent lower for men and 33 per cent lower for women, for each 10 centimeters taller in height they were.
Higher liver fat content and a less favourable profile of cardio-metabolic risk factors make shorter people vulnerable for the disease, as per the researchers.
“Our findings suggest that short people might present with higher cardio-metabolic risk factor levels and have higher diabetes risk compared with tall people,” said study researcher from the German Institute of Human Nutrition, Germany.
The conclusion were drawn during the course of a research which included 2,500 middle-aged men and women in Germany from a pool of about 26,000 people after adjusting for age, lifestyle, education and waist circumference.
This may indicate that a higher diabetes risk with larger waist circumference counteracts beneficial effects related to height, irrespective of whether larger waist circumference is due to growth or due to consuming too many calories, according to the researchers.
“Our study also suggests that early interventions to reduce height-related metabolic risk throughout life likely need to focus on determinants of growth in sensitive periods during pregnancy, early childhood, puberty and early adulthood, and should take potential sex-differences into account,” they added.
“We found an inverse association between height and risk of type-2 diabetes among men and women, which was largely related to leg length among men,” the researchers concluded.