September 22nd, 2011

Yes, You Are Getting Shorter as You Age

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You're not just getting older. You're probably getting shorter, too. Height loss is a natural part of aging—some people start shrinking slightly as early as 30. Losing too much height too rapidly, however, can signal a high risk for hip fractures, spinal fractures and even heart disease, particularly in men, several recent studies have found…Why is height loss in men more telling than in women? Because men typically have more muscle mass than women and lose bone more slowly, underlying health problems may be much more advanced by the time the height loss becomes apparent, says Sundeep Khosla, an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Wall Street Journal, by Melinda Beck, 9/22/11

Tags: Endocrinology / Diabetes

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