Asides the fact that women generally love tall and hunky men, being tall has a number of health benefits that influences your life in more ways than just creating childhood nicknames.
Lower risk of heart disease
One of the most clear interactions exist between your height and health as being tall can lower your risk of heart disease. According to a review of 52 studies involving more than 3 million men and women published in the European Heart Journal, shorter people are 50 percent more likely to suffer from deadly heart disease than their taller counterparts.
Furthermore, according to a 2015 study in the New England Journal of Medicine, Women who are 5 feet 8 inches are 28 percent less likely to develop heart disease compared to those who are 5 feet 3 inches.
For every two-and-a-half inches taller you are than someone of the same sex, your risk of heart disease reduces by 14 percent.
Lower risk of type 2 diabetes (but only for women)
A meta-analysis of 18 studies by Iranian researchers revealed that the taller a woman is, the less likely she is to develop type 2 diabetes. The same was however not applicable to tall men, who had a similar diabetes risk no matter their height.
While researchers aren’t sure why only tall females have this health benefit, a new study from the Netherlands found that tall people are more sensitive to insulin and have lower fat content in their liver, which may explain their lowered risk for diabetes.
Lower risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
Men who are over 5 feet 10 inches are 59 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than those who are shorter than 5 foot 6, according to a study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Another research from the University of Edinburgh’s College of Medicine believes Tall women have similar perks, as it concluded that women who are 5 feet 7 inches are about 50 percent less likely to die from dementia than those that are 5 foot 1.
Rather than genetics, the British scientists identify other environmental factors associated with smaller stature, such as childhood illness, stress, and poor nutrition.
Higher risk of cancer
One of the negative effects of being tall is that height as being associated with an increased risk in almost every type of cancer—and for both genders.
According to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, & Prevention. For every four-inch increase in height, women are 13 percent more likely to develop some 19 types of cancer.
Specifically, women with long legs were up to 17 percent more likely to develop melanoma and cancers of the breast, ovary, endometrium, and colon, and up to 29 percent more likely to develop cancers of the kidney, rectum, thyroid, and blood.
Tall men are more likely to develop aggressive prostate cancer. Tall people have more cells in their body, so there’s a higher likelihood that any one of them will become cancerous.
However, a recent study from the Netherlands found that while tall people are in utero, their insulin-like growth factor systems are activated earlier than in short folks, which may in turn permanently activate cell growth, leading to increased risk of certain cancers.