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Tall people at increased risk of blood clots

Tall people at increased risk of blood clots”

The height of a person is directly proportionate to the risk of various health problems such as Blood Clots, according to the new latest study.

For the study, reported in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics, the team looked at data on more than 1.6 million Swedish men born between 1951 and 1992, and data on more than one million Swedish women who had a first pregnancy between 1982 and 2012.

Data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that between 60,000 and 100,000 US citizens die from blood clots each year. In Europe, there are around 500,000 annual deaths linked to blood clots, according to Thrombosis Research. Some of the triggers for VTE are surgery, immobilization and hospitalization. Pregnant women, on the other hand, are also more likely to suffer from this blood disease, along with those who take hormones - such as oral contraceptive or estrogen to treat menopause symptoms.

A study of 135,861 pregnancies in women of various races in the United States, of whom 5,567 were diagnosed with gestational diabetes, found that taller height was significantly associated with a lower risk of gestational diabetes.

Your height may be linked to your risk of blood clots: A new study from Sweden found that taller men and women were more likely to develop blood clots in their veins than their shorter counterparts were.

Even though further studies are needed to identify the way by which height interacts with inherited blood disorders and other conditions, Zöller suggested height should be included in risk assessments.

One limitation of the study was that the researchers did not have information on the participants' childhoods, home environments and diets. However, scientists say that, although people can't control their height, they can choose to monitor their weight, how active they are, and to have a healthy lifestyle. In women, the risks were higher for blood clots in the legs the taller they got.

Tall people are at a higher risk of developing blood clots in veins compared to those who are shorter, according to a study of more than two million siblings. The risk likewise decreased by 65% for men who were shorter than five feet, three inches compared to men taller than six feet, two inches, the researchers found.

Among men, an association with height was found for risk of blood clots in the lungs, called pulmonary embolism, as well as in the legs and other locations.

While the exact association between height and clots in veins remains to be determined, but a finding to be aware of.

"It could just be that because taller individuals have longer leg veins there is more surface area where problems can occur", Zöller, the leader of the study, said. In addition, the research was done in Swedish adults, and the results may not apply to Americans or other nationalities, the researchers said. Both American and Swedish population are formed by a huge variety of people ethnically diverse.

Dr. Nesochi Okeke-Igbokwe, an attending physician of internal medicine at New York University Langone Health in New York, praised the new study for the kind of methodologies used but also warned people to be extra careful of their lifestyle choices if they want to prevent VTE.



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