The taller you are, the more likely you may be at risk of developing blood clots in veins, according to new study of more than two million siblings.

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What findings showed?

  • The findings showed that the risk of venous thromboembolism, a type of blood clot that starts in a vein.
  • In addition,was associated with height, with the lowest risk being in shorter participants.
  • Height in the population has increased, and continues increasing.
  • Furthermore,which could be contributing to the fact that the incidence of thrombosis has increased, said lead researcher .

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According to Researchers:

  •  Gravity may influence the association between height and venous thromboembolism risk.
  • It could just be that because taller individuals have longer leg veins there is more surface area where problems can occur.
  • There is also more gravitational pressure in leg veins of taller persons.
  • In addition,that can increase the risk of blood flow slowing or temporarily stopping.

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  • For the study,the team looked at data on more than 1.6 million Swedish men born between 1951 and 1992.
  • And data on more than one million Swedish women who had a first pregnancy between 1982 and 2012.
  • For men shorter than 5 feet 3 inches, the risk for venous thromboembolism dropped 65 per cent.
  • When compared to the men 6 feet 2 inches or taller.
  • For women shorter than 5 feet 1 inches who were pregnant for the first time.
  • The risk for venous thromboembolism dropped 69 per cent, compared to women that were 6 feet or taller.
  • Besides, the risk of blood clots, previous studies have linked height also with cancer, heart problems, gestational diabetes and even longevity.
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