Kids who are short have an increased risk of stroke when they get older according to a new Danish scientific study.
Researchers, led by Associate Professor Jennifer Baker of the School of Medical Sciences of the University of Copenhagen, who published the publication in the US medical journal Stroke, analyzed data for more than 300,000 children aged seven to 13 who had born between 1930 and 1989, watching their health over a 25-year horizon.
It was found that boys and girls who at the age of seven were five to seven centimeters shorter than their peers averaged about 10% increased risk of ischemic stroke (both sexes) and 11% hemorrhagic (only men).
The height of the child is largely determined by genetic factors, but is also influenced by environmental factors such as maternal nutrition during pregnancy, child’s feeding after birth, possible infections by microbes, psychological stress, etc. .
Researchers have pointed out that a reduction in the incidence of strokes (fatal and non-fatal) observed in most developed countries, particularly women, has occurred alongside an increase in the average adult height. This is another indication of the relationship between height and stroke risk.
“Our study shows that low height in children is a potential risk factor for stroke. Therefore, these children need to pay more attention to factors that can alter their lifestyle to reduce the chances of a stroke in the future, “said Dr. Baker.