If you are short or having short legs beware of increasing risk of overweight and type 2 diabetes.
A recent research says that the length of a person’s legs is an indicator of childhood nutrition, which may have long-lasting effects on health and also stated that short leg length and low leg length-to-height ratio are two indicators of suboptimal childhood development.
The researcher team studied that the relationship between stature-related measurements, amount of body fat and two pre-diabetic conditions — insulin resistance, in which the body is resistant to the blood-sugar regulating hormone insulin, and glucose intolerance, marked by elevated blood sugar levels. The study included 7,424 men and women between 40 and 74 years old.
“Insofar as adult stature is an indicator of development and growth during early life,” conclude the investigators, the risk of obesity and diabetes in adulthood “might begin to accrue before puberty.” Therefore, interventions to improve childhood nutrition “could represent novel means to combat the epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes,” they offer.