Height as marker of cardiometabolic risk, a combined analysis of two cohorts

Konstantinos Christou Gkouvas, Alexandra Foscolou, Demosthenes Panagiotakos



Aim: To investigate the association of height with cardiometabolic risk. Methods: Standing adult height of the ATTICA study participants (n=1,128) and the Greek Caucasian MEDIS study participants (n=2,221), were investigated in relation to combined cardiometabolic risk (i.e., history of hypercholesterolemia, diabetes, hypertension and obesity). Results: Increase in height was inversely associated with cardiometabolic risk, history of hypercholesterolemia (p<0.001) and diabetes (p<0.05), after adjusting for various confounders. Conclusion: Among older people, increased standing height seems to be a determinant of cardiometabolic risk.

Keywords: Cardiovascular Diseases, standing height, height, elderly