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Why Is Being Short Bad For Your Heart? — ‘The Why’

Welcome to the newest edition of The Why.  “Why is being short bad for your heart?” you ask?  Good question. (Besides, it sure beats answering the question: “Why do people actually buy midget porn if they’re not midgets?” Seriously? No clue. Not gonna nail you on using the term “midget”. Anyone who makes porn is probably not exactly overly PC. Anyway, maybe people buy that stuff because they’re bored and looking for something new? Having worked in the adult industry for a few years, your rascally writer can assure you there are movies out there for anything and everything so don’t be surprised at anything you see in that genre.)

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So, why is being short bad for your heart? Well, according to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, short folks have an increased risk of coronary artery disease. Mind you, previous studies have also made the connection between the two.

This latest study simply proves the others are not just some weird coincidence. You know how scientists work. They work hard to prove everything wrong and thereby prove things to be right.

For this latest study, researchers studied the DNA of 65,066 people with coronary artery disease along with that of 128,383 “controls”. They determined that the risk for getting coronary artery disease increased by “13.5% for each 2.5-inch drop in height below the average.”

Anyway, the new study notes that there are multiple variants that not only make people short but also increase their levels of triglycerides and what we now know as “bad cholesterol”. This increases their risk of contracting coronary artery disease.

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For those not up on their medical material, coronary artery disease is a medical condition wherein cholesterol and other stuff in the blood creates plaques that build up in the specific vessels that move blood and so forth to the heart. The vessels become narrow which weakens the heart because it becomes deprived of nutrients and oxygen. It also puts folks at a higher risk for heart attack because it becomes easier for a random clot to completely shut down the blood supply.

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The researchers concluded that their study “validates the epidemiologic observation of an inverse association between height and CAD.” They also note that being short could be bad for your heart because short people sometimes make lifestyle choices that make them more susceptible to coronary artery disease. They might drink more than tall people and/or exercise less although they have not studied these possibilities yet.

Why is being short bad for your heart? Now you know.

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About Will Phoenix

W. Scott Phoenix, B.A., B.S. was born in Hawaii, raised in Pennsylvania and resides in California. He has been a published writer since 1978. His work has appeared (under various names) in numerous places in print and online including Examiner.com. He is a single parent of three children and has also worked as an actor, singer and teacher. He has been employed by such publications as the Daily Collegian and the Los Angeles Times.