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Height & Health: looking at the statistics


Your height could determine how healthy you are.  New statistical studies tell us what diseases we are more susceptible to.

Doctor Troy Neal has gotten the basketball question his whole life.

"I'm actually the shortest sibling in my family at 6'7," Dr. Neal said.

Dr. Neal sat down with us to talk about statistical studies that link height and health.

"Here's a stat: for prostate cancer in men, there's an increase of six percent for every four inches above the average height for men. An example for women, breast cancer increases 11 percent for every two inches above average height for women," Dr. Neal said.

The average man is 5'9''.
The average woman is 5'4''.

Here's the short of it: the study at the University of Bristol in England found that typically, shorter people are at a greater risk for heart disease, diabetes and osteoarthritis.

Taller people can face a 20 to 60 percent greater risk for certain cancers like breast, prostate and colon.

"I guess I'm okay. Not too short, not too tall."

Doctor Neal says control what you can -- your weight.

He's not getting shorter. I'm not getting taller.

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