I have reviewed several articles that address the health issues that tall men face. Here is my summary:
- Heart Arrhythmias: Tall men are at a higher risk-up to five times higher-of having heart arrhythmias. This includes atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter. These conditions increase the risk of a stroke. Happily, the risk of a stroke can be minimized by taking blood thinners, and cardiac ablation is very effective at correcting heart rhythm issues
- Deep Vien Thrombosis: Tall me having a higher risk of developing blood clots in their legs. The clots can break off and travel to the heart causing a potentially deadly pulmonary embolism or can travel to the brain and cause a stroke. Tall men have longer legs, and the valves in the legs have to work harder to push blood back to the heart. This condition can be managed by avoiding sitting too much, compression stockings, and by taking blood thinners.
- Cancer: Tall people have more cells in their body. So some researchers feel that a higher number of cells leads to a higher chance of cancer. Another theory is that the hormones that made us tall also increase the chances of hormone-related cancers.
- Injuries: That old saying “the bigger they are, the harder they fall” may be true for tall men. This is pure psychics. As tall people age, they tend to have more hip fractures. Some researches believe that tall people have slower reaction times because along with their long bodies, they have long nerve pathways that are slower to respond.
- Joint Pain: Tall people’s bodies often don’t fit into a world designed for people of average height. Its the office furniture at work, your car, air travel, bending down to talk to people…all this adds up to joint pain.
- Shorter Lifespan: Tall people don’t live as long as people of average height? Why? Is it nature or nurture? Could social isolation caused by being very tall contribute? The reasons are not clear, but unfortunately, the conclusion is.