Taller Young Men Are at Lower Risk of Dementia When in Old Age

A recent study, conducted by a team of scientists from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, finds that men who are taller when young may have fewer chances to develop dementia when they grow old.Taller Young Men Are at Lower Risk of Dementia When in Old Age

For the study, the researchers analysed data taken from 666,333 Danish men born between 1939 and 1959. Among the participants, there were 70,608 brothers and 7,388 twins. The data showed that 10,599 men developed dementia.

Having analyzed the available data, the scientists concluded that there was approximately a 10% reduction in the risk of developing dementia for about every 6 cm of height in individuals above the average height.

Senior author Merete Osler, Professor at the Center for Clinical Research and Prevention, Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospital, and at the University of Copenhagen, explains: “Together, our results point to an association between taller body height in young men and a lower risk of dementia diagnosis later in life, which persists even when adjusted for educational level and intelligence test scores. Our analysis of the data concerning brothers confirms these findings, and suggests the association may have common roots in early-life environmental exposures that are not related to family factors shared by brothers.”

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