New Study - Being Short may Protect You from Diabetes
If you grew up being teased about your height, you probably did not enjoy the teasing much. However, now that you are an adult you may be very happy to know that a new study has indicated that being short may protect you from diabetes.
The study took place over a period of twenty-two years. The research team was not able to document any cases of diabetes and one non-lethal case of cancer in Larson’s subjects.
Growth Hormone Receptor
"The growth hormone receptor-deficient people don’t get two of the major diseases of aging. They also have a very low incidence of stroke, but the number of deaths from stroke is too small to determine whether it’s significant," Longo said. Even though the research team has not been able to understood exactly how growth hormone deficiency might protect a person, from diabetes and cancer they did find that blood from Larson’s subjects had a double protective effect. It also protects DNA against oxidative damage and mutations but it promoted the suicide of cells that became highly damaged. Therefore, it seems these people’s body has its own unique way of ridding the body of toxic and foreign objects that can wreck havoc.
Larson’s subjects tend to have very low insulin levels and low insulin resistance, which may explain the absence of diabetes and other diseases such as cancer and strokes.