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Taller women live longer, study suggests

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Mon, January 28, 2019  /  03:07 am
Taller women live longer, study suggests

A new study has shown that tall women are likely to live longer than shorter women. (Shutterstock/File)

A new study has shown that tall women are likely to live longer than shorter women, according to The Telegraph.

Researchers found that women who were 180 centimeters at the age of 40 were 31 percent more likely to live to the age of 90, compared to those who were just 160 cm.

However, the results also showed the important role that exercise played in allowing women to live longer. Published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, results from a 30-year study showed that women who undertook 30 to 60 minutes of exercise a day were 21 percent more likely to reach 90 than those managing 30 minutes or less. 

For men, the results indicated that every additional 30 minutes of exercise increased their chance of living to 90 by 5 percent. As for women, more than 60 minutes of exercise per day proved to be pointless, in regard to life expectancy.

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Scientists, who carried out the study at Maastricht University, said that the results for female longevity were more dependent on their body shape, unlike the case for men.

The final results in a study of more than 120,000 men and women showed that overall, 34.4 percent of women survived to the age of 90. Meanwhile just 16.7 percent of men in the study lived until 90. (geo/kes)