Short height and long life have a direct connection in Japanese men, according to new research based on the Kuakini Honolulu Heart Program (HHP) and the Kuakini Honolulu-Asia Aging Study (HAAS).
â€œWe split people into two groups â€“ those who were 5-foot-2 and shorter, and 5-4 and taller,â€ said Dr. Bradley Willcox, one of the investigators for the study and a UH MÄnoa Professor at the John A. Burns School of Medicineâ€™s (JABSOM’s) Department of Geriatric Medicine. â€œThe folks that were 5-2 and shorter lived the longest. The range was seen all the way across from being 5-foot tall to 6-foot tall. The taller you got, the shorter you lived.â€
Researchers at the Kuakini Medical Center, JABSOM and U.S. Veterans Affairs worked on the study, which was recently published in PLOS ONE, a peer-reviewed medical journal.
The researchers showed that shorter men were more likely to have a protective form of the longevity gene, FOXO3, leading to smaller body size during early development and a longer lifespan. Shorter men were also more likely to have lower blood insulin levels and less cancer.