Small advantage: short men live longer than others

Plus, they are less likely to get cancer!

(ORDO NEWS) — According to a 2014 study, all people have a longevity gene in one form or another, but it is easier for him to “work” with miniature bodies.

The scientific work was carried out by specialists from the University of Hawaii. They studied 8,000 Japanese Americans born between 1900 and 1919. About 1200 people lived to be 90 and 100 years old, and 250 were still alive at the time of the study. The oldest participant in the study is 106 years old. All long-livers are people of short stature: up to 152 centimeters. They are all less likely to have cancer than their peers, and they all have normal insulin levels.

Scientists attribute this to the work of the FOXO3 gene. Every person has it, manifesting itself in different ways depending on the circumstances and heredity. This gene, among other things, is responsible for the body’s resistance to stress. According to Hawaiian researchers, FOXO3 can more easily deal with the problems that arise in a small body.

And although the scientific work considered only “American Japanese”, scientists are confident that the conclusions are valid for all people – men and women of any origin. This is also evidenced by the statistics of the Hawaiian Islands: their inhabitants are not very tall, but the average life expectancy here is 81 years.

The research will be continued: now scientists will try to find a tool for the practical application of their discovery. This will help both in the fight against age-related diseases and in prolonging the life of a person as a whole.

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