Taller men have a lower rate of dementia? Apparently a number of studies have found a link between height of men and risk of dementia.
The latest is an interesting Danish study that measured the height of more than 666,000 young adult men (at the physical exam for the draft) and then looked at the rates of dementia decades later when they were between 55 to 77 years of age. They found that young men that were above average in height had about a 10% lower rate of dementia more than four decades later.
The researchers thought that the early adulthood height was an indicator of early life environment (such as nutrition and childhood diseases).
What were some of the height differences? "Above average in height" was being at least 1 standard deviation above average height. For example, the researchers found that Danish men born in 1959 who had a mean (average) height of 185.6 cm (73.07") had a 10% lower rate of dementia than men of average height (179.1 cm or 70.5").
From Medical Xpress: Study suggests taller young men may have lower dementia risk
Men who are taller in young adulthood, as an indicator of early-life circumstances, may have a lower risk of dementia in old age, suggests a study published today in eLife. ...continue reading "Tall Men Have A Lower Rate Of Dementia?"