The findings shows that height has an important impact on the mortality from certain common diseases, irrespective of body fat mass and other modulating factors, researchers said.

Previous studies have shown that tall people, in comparison to short people, have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes but have a higher cancer risk.

"Epidemiological data show that per 6.5 centimetres in height the risk of cardiovascular mortality decreases by six percent, but cancer mortality, by contrast, increases by four percent," said Matthias Schulze from the German Institute of Human Nutrition.

Researchers feel that the increase in body height is a marker of over-nutrition of high-calorie food rich in animal protein during different stages of growth.

These findings fit in with published data that suggest that tall people have relative protection against disorders of the lipid metabolism. Researchers advocate considering the factor growth and adult height more than hitherto in the prevention of major diseases.

The findings were published in the journal The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology.

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