When it comes to maintaining health, there are a lot of areas you can control: your diet, your exercise routine, how proactive you are in your health, and a number of other factors. But there are also genetic factors that can have a say in your overall well-being, such as family history, physical stature, and more. Believe it or not, your height can also have an effect on your health. While Dr. Grant Lisetor and the staff at Greater Life Chiropractic can’t make you taller, regular adjustments can become an integral part of your health maintenance and lead to better overall health. Read on to learn how height can affect health.
A trait more commonly associated with venous thromboembolism, or VTE, is obesity, but a Norwegian study shows that taller individuals are also more likely to suffer from blood clots. Blood clots are typically brought about during particular situations, such as sitting for long periods of time or wearing a cast, but those at risk must be particularly cautious. VTE is the third most common cardiovascular disease in America and is known to be based, in part, on genetic disposition, which is why height may be a factor.
In its simplest terms, cancer is often defined as abnormal cell growth. Because cancer is related to growth, and sometimes hormones, there is an intuitive leap to height as a factor. For certain cancer types, particularly those related to hormones, tall individuals can be at a higher risk than their shorter counterparts. Cancers of the breast, ovaries, and prostate are cancers where this is particularly true. Studies also show that the lifespan of shorter people is, on average, longer than that of tall people.
While any individual can be clumsy, research indicates that a person’s level of being prone to accidents correlates with their height. Not only that, but when a taller person falls, they have a longer distance to go, making them more likely to suffer more serious injuries like hip fractures. This even extends to athletes, where taller players are injured more often and recover less quickly than their shorter teammates.
In office environments where many of us sit for eight or more hours a day, your posture can have a lasting effect on your health, and the taller you are, the more this can harm your neck and back. Without an ergonomically-designed workstation, those above average height can experience the highest number of spinal injuries; but in this case, those below average height are at the same risks. Besides making changes to the work space, if you work a sedentary job, taking proactive measures by engaging in regular chiropractic care can be an important step in improving your health.
Whether you’re tall, short, or in between, visiting Dr. Grant at Greater Life Chiropractic can help you attain optimal levels of health. Dr. Grant and his staff will do a full health assessment and design a personalized care plan to keep your body functioning well. Schedule your visit now.
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