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Scientists say that exceptionally tall people could be more prone to premature death due to growth hormones in their body.

WE ALL know that living an unhealthy lifestyle can play a part in determining how long we will live.

But researchers say that how tall we are can also play a part in when we will die.

Research has shown that extremely tall men are more likely to suffer premature death compared to their shorter counterparts
Last week, Britain’s tallest man Neil Fingleton, who stood at seven foot seven, died at the age of just 36.

While others including Matthew McGory, who was seven foot six, and eight foot tall Robert Wadlow died before reaching their 33rd birthdays.

And scientists believe that large doses of growth hormone that causes people to grow extremely tall can take a toll on the heart and lead to premature death.

Taller men are said to have higher levels of growth hormone, which are believed to contribute to heart failure
The hormone, which is produced in the pituitary gland in the brain, is what causes us to grow but too much of it can result in gigantism.

And a study in the Postgraduate Medical Journal of the British Medical Journal suggests that too much of this hormone can make the heart wall thicker, meaning it is in disproportion to the blood-pumping chambers.

And this is what can cause heart failure as well as other health conditions such as diabetes.

In comparison, a separate study of shorter men under five foot two inches, suggested that the might have a gene that is linked to longevity.

However, scientists say that tall people shouldn’t despair too much.

This is because factors such as an unhealthy lifestyle and a lack of exercise are much more crucial in determining heart failure than height.

Last week we told how Neil, who played Mag the Mighty in the hit show Game of Thrones, reportedly died of heart failure.

|The Sun

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