In a study published in the journal Diabetology in September 2019 and relayed by the site EurekAlert!, German researchers have tackled a major problem … literally. They looked at data from 2,500 people and the numbers don’t lie. The taller people have less risk of develop type 2 diabetes.
How did the study go?
The researchers assessed the data collected for the study by measuring both the leg length and the body size. The men measured between 1m69 and 1m80 while the women between 1m57 and 1m68. Scientists then found that in both men and women, risks of developing diabetes were increased by 30% for every 10 centimeters of difference.
How to explain these results?
Scientists suspect that this could be related to the fact that taller people are less likely to get a fatty liver (have fat in the liver). Other factors also come into play, such as a cholesterol may be higher.
Reserve and advice
The study says that smaller people should be better supervised for diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular illnesses. But Gail Melkus, a researcher specializing in the fight against diabetes, explains that these data must however be “interpreted with caution”.
This is in fact data collected previously. Scientists were unable to follow a “group of people”. Of additional research are therefore necessary, because “we shouldn’t be satisfied with just one factor when screening people for any kind of disease”.