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Study finds that shorter men live longer

Shorter Men Might Live Longer Than Taller Counterparts

OK, so we've all heard what the stereotypical perfect man looks like -- you know, all tall, dark and handsome?

Well, maybe that stereotype will change, because a new study revealed shorter men might live longer than taller guys.

Hawaii News Now reports height matters and says a team of Hawaii researchers conducted the largest, longest, most thorough aging study yet to learn more about it.

"The folks that were 5'2" and shorter lived the longest. They also have vastly lower insulin levels; they get less cancer."

"Everybody is born with so many cells, and if you're bigger you have more cells, so you have to grow more."

Called the Honolulu Heart Study, this is the first study that confirms body size is linked to what has been dubbed the "longevity gene." It is technically called FOX03.

In the ongoing study, which has been underway for nearly 50 years, more than 8,000 men with Japanese ancestry underwent a series of tests. The shorter men outlived their taller counterparts, and today, around 250 of them are still alive.

Scientists think shorter people have a reserve of cells that can be used later in life, which could be part of the reason for the longer life span. Shorter men also carried a more enhanced form of the longevity gene.

But, as Slate's headline points out , don't hold your breath. Science is a long way from helping us cheat death.

"The bigger-picture problem is that human longevity is a confluence of so many factors - genes, nutrition, lifestyle, luck - interacting in so many complex ways that there is unlikely ever to be a surefire way to live to 120."

But just in case, certain foods have been said to stimulate that longevity gene we mentioned, including turmeric, green tea, beer and wine ... in moderation, of course.

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Janusz Peciak May 13 2014 at 11:35 AM

What about women?

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zombiestalkers Janusz Peciak May 13 2014 at 12:00 PM

Men have to live with women so on average they die sooner. Its the only way they can get any peace from all the nagging.

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Myke May 13 2014 at 1:11 PM

And smaller dogs live longer than large dogs, so what have we learned here. Not to mention the Japanese diet is much higher in fish and Omega 3s than other countries. Dumb study, hope they didn't get a government grant for it!!!!!

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sherriemiranda1 Myke May 13 2014 at 1:48 PM

Totally agree. This study is bogus!

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sugarcreekchile May 13 2014 at 1:18 PM

Big deal. Does it really matter if a short Japanese man has an average life expectancy of 82 and a tall Swede one of 81.4?

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sherriemiranda1 sugarcreekchile May 13 2014 at 1:47 PM

Good point! ;-)

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LL May 13 2014 at 1:31 PM

I'd rather live a shorter life than go through life with a "short man's complex".

I'd also think that anyone suffering with any kind of "complex" would have higher blood pressure and the diseases associated with this.

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sherriemiranda1 LL May 13 2014 at 1:47 PM

I believe you are right about that!

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joan LL May 13 2014 at 2:52 PM

My father-in-law was 5'4" and neither one of his much taller sons would ever think of messing with him. He was a tail gunner and fierce fighter during WWII. His height never bothered him. He could be quite the imposing figure. My older son is only 5'6" and his height was never an issue with the girls, no shortage of girlfriends. He is married now and has 3 children and a happy and full life. People make too much of an issue about short men. It's really all about self-confidence.

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fennris May 13 2014 at 1:32 PM

What I got from this article: "drink more beer". Sometimes reading the news is useful!

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sherriemiranda1 fennris May 13 2014 at 1:46 PM

Where's it say that?

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jsanto7134 sherriemiranda1 May 13 2014 at 2:06 PM

I'm just going to take fennris' word, lol

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dwbsmailbox May 13 2014 at 1:39 PM

I'd rather be my 6" 4" than 5" 2" anyday!

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dancliff May 13 2014 at 1:39 PM

So does that put to rest the myth that Japanese people live longer because of their healthy diet? is it really just because they are shorter?

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sherriemiranda1 May 13 2014 at 1:43 PM

Don't believe it! Japanese eat much healthier than others, esp. than Americans. My husband's short Filipino family have almost all died BEFORE their time. Several died in the 50s & 60s. ALL had Diabetes & high BP & many also had high cholesterol. This study is another BAD one, like the one done in the 50s that said high cholesterol was a sign of early death. That has since been proven wrong!

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sherriemiranda1 sherriemiranda1 May 13 2014 at 1:46 PM

The most important longevity issue is the person's attitude. My dad is so determined to live he continues talking to new people, keeps up with his many grandchildren & great grandchildren & continues to care about this country and where it's heading. It really helps IF you WANT to live!

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montes May 13 2014 at 1:45 PM

Its completely about lifestyle and environment. I'm a short male and have had difficulties finding a nice girlfriend over the last 20 years. So I've kept in physical shape to look good, have time to make good meals, have focused on education, saved my money and enjoyed my free time, traveling. Now I'm middle-aged, I am healthy, have no kids, no divorces, no drama, no money stresses. So many women my age are now divorced, broke, kid stressed, and unhappy with their previous mate choices. Amazing how 4" of height (5'8 vs 6') difference can change a guy's life & future, but it really does.

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wolfnweys May 13 2014 at 1:58 PM

what ever one size,so what try being a tanker in the army at 6ft 2' it dont work, the world needs tall nd short people,try insulting bruce lee, and those that did found out little can be big,lol gota luv bruce lee, and did yoyu know, the savior of the world the christ, was not tall at all, so height is but another part of life and dont make you better then anyone else, sorry bullies and them that think they big and bad, you just human like the rest of us, only we live longer , lol

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