Tall Women Live Longer Than Short Ones, Recent Study Says
March 11, 2019 - Asheley Rice
According to a new study that lasted for 30 years, tall women have more chances to live longer than short ones. The study was published by the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health.
Tall women are more likely to have a longer life
The study started in 1986, and 120,000 women and men with ages between 55 and 69 took part in the research. The data comes from the Netherlands Cohort Study. What the study found was that women who are 5 ft 9 when they are 40 years old have 31% more chances to live until they reach 90 than women who are 5 ft 3 or shorter at the same age.
But even though taller women seem to have an aging advantage over shorter women, the same thing doesn't really apply to men.
Men who are engaged in more physical activity might live longer
As far as the height is concerned, this doesn't seem to play such an essential role in how long a man can live. What matters more for men are physical activity levels. The study showed that men who exercised for more than 90 minutes every day had 39% more chances to reach 90 than those who exercised for less than 30 minutes a day.
When it comes to women, those who exercised for approximately 30-60 minutes per day had 21% more chances to reach 90 than women who exercised for less than 30 minutes a day.
Women are believed to have more chances for a long life than men
Another thing that the study found was that no matter how tall or short the women were, they were more likely to live longer than the men. 34.4% of the women who participated in the research lived until they reached 90, while only 16.7% of the men lived until the same age.
Physical exercise is important
There might be a link between tall women and physical exercise, as they may exercise more than those who are shorter, but this has not been proven.
Nevertheless, exercising plays a crucial role in having a healthy life, regardless if you're a woman or a man. Maintaining a healthy life will undoubtedly increase your chances of living longer.