Do Short People Live Longer?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Aug 16, 2011

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Woman get the height of girlRelation between height and longevity has always remained a debatable issue. There are evidences in support of both the views. According to the World Health Organization, average life span of Japanese women is 86 years. Their average height at the age of seventy five is 149.54 cm (4.9 ft.). This shows that people with short height live longer. Contrary findings are observed in US. In 1982 the average life span of man was 39 years and at present it has increased to 75 years of age.  Average height of present US man is greater than their ancestors. Researchers have noticed that people in prosperous times have longer height that people in stress full ages such as mass unemployment.


Greater longevity of shorter people was addressed in an article published in Bulletin of the World Health Organization, since then debate is on. Recent researches have shown that taller people had 20 to 60 percent higher incidence of cancer. In addition, breast, testicular, and prostate cancer studies have also shown similar results. Another striking feature in support of this view is that life expectancy of men is low than that of women. Women live 7.9% longer than men, but men are 8% taller that women.


Based on laws of physics, shorter person with the same body proportion as taller person has many physical advantages. Shorter people have faster reaction time, strong muscles and on falling they are less likely to break their bones.


Even though, there are many researches in support of longevity of short people but their short height does not give them immunity against cancer or any other disease. Irrespective of the height, other factors such as diet, environmental factors, depression and stress can lead to critical health problem.


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  • John 31 Dec 2012

    @ thomas samaras Sardinian people have the same average height of southern europeans, and their height is grown drastically over 10 centimeters in less than 80 years, due to many exterior factors like the eradication of malaria from the island. Longevity in Sardinians is foundable 25% in their genes, and the rest in their healthy way of life.

  • thomas samaras06 May 2012

    The latest shorter height equals greater longevity study appeared in the journal: Biodemography and Social Biology, April 24, 2012. Much information has been published on height and longevity. See website:

  • Thomas Samaras06 May 2012

    A new study of Sardinian men finds height is a factor in longevity. This new study supports over 12 previous studies that have found that shorter height promotes greater longevity. Sardinia is known as a blue zone, which means it has a remarkably high percentage of long-lived people. Sardinians are shorter than people in the rest of Europe and tend to live longer. Within Sardinia, there is a group of 14 municipalities that exhibit higher longevity compared to the rest of the island. In

  • rahul04 Feb 2012

    height problem

  • rahul04 Feb 2012

    height problem

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