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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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michelle May 13 2014 at 11:13 AM

What a joke. The only thing this study tells me is that short Japanese men live longer than taller Japanese men. This study cannot be generalized to the rest of the world's population because it involved only men with Japanese ancestry. To many variables to consider.

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domingbfan May 13 2014 at 7:37 PM

its all in the genes, good ones are much better then winning any lottery

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Daniel McShutty May 13 2014 at 12:24 PM

this would make sense. SHort people make less money, have less sex, are considered less attractive, and in general have a roguher life than tall people. Because Gid hates them. So it would stand to reason they would live longer in their smaller houses, working their terrible jobs, and getting no sex. Its a longer punishment.

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debradshaw63 May 13 2014 at 7:36 PM

I thought that short people have no reason......

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Odens Fist May 13 2014 at 7:29 PM

Really Tall people usually have heart problems.. Case closed, and we knew that already.

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jeff May 13 2014 at 7:26 PM

SInce research also shows that taller men get more women and make more money then shorter men then they also have more women who nag them to death more quickly.

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jeff May 13 2014 at 7:19 PM

Oh crap I'm 6'3"....gotta get my affairs in order.

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Shirley jeff May 13 2014 at 7:42 PM


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Viper1ex19 May 13 2014 at 7:18 PM

It won't be long before they can tell when a person will die as soon as they're born

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wolfnweys May 13 2014 at 12:46 PM

big people dont have a clue about walking in short peoples shoes, then to insult us for being so, shows your big, and so is you buutox, i heard evershort joke in the world, and if it wasnt for short people, you tall people wouldnt have anyone to look down on,instead you think you want little people to look up, and your hearts are full of pride, like basketball and football players, but take you out of the playing feild, and then they are made smaller,

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Randy wolfnweys May 13 2014 at 2:24 PM

Pot meet kettle

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itsmikey66 May 13 2014 at 12:49 PM

turning 50 and being 6'2 wow is this depressing and stupid.

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wolfnweys itsmikey66 May 13 2014 at 1:04 PM

pride is as big as your head

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sigmetsue itsmikey66 May 13 2014 at 1:17 PM

My 6 '2' dad lived to be 90.

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