Carton added that the research is clear - very tall guys like Kristaps Porzingis do not live long.
Medical Daily reporter Justin Caba is also worried:
Despite Porzingis not having either [GIGANTISM OR ACROMEGALY] disease, my concern for his health persists because research has shown even tall people without the diseases face similar health risks. Specifically, research has shown that cross country skiers are an average 6 inches shorter than basketball players, and that they tend to live seven years longer. Centenarian Japanese people are even an average 4 inches shorter than those who reach 75, Slate reported.
Height is attributed to a bevy of different complications, the most notable of which is cancer. A recent study from the Karolinska Institute and the University of Stockholm showed that height is an immutable risk factor for cancer. After looking at data for 5.5 million men and women living in Sweden between 1938 and 1991, researchers found that for every four-inch bump in height, overall cancer risk rose 18 percent in women and 11 percent in men. Meanwhile, a similar study conducted by researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine found that tall postmenopausal women have a 13 percent higher cancer risk compared to their shorter counterparts.
Being taller is ideal in many Western cultures, especially for men. But most people don’t realize that our height also affects the number of cells in our bodies, as well as the size of our organs. And this can have a tremendous effect on our health; having more cells increases a person’s chances of receiving a cancer diagnosis. The case against having larger organs continues — a larger heart, also known as cardiomegaly, is a condition that can lead to various complications, including heart failure, blood clots, and sudden death. Taller people also face a higher chance of respiratory illness, possibly because their lungs aren’t able to function as efficiently.
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