How tall you grow before the age of two can affect your cholesterol level in later life. Tall toddlers and rapidly-growing teens are likely to find themselves with lower cholesterol, particularly the “bad” type in later life, suggests a research published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
Around 3,000 individuals of the Medical Research Council participated in this long-term study, which included tracking a representative sample of 5,362 people born in March 1946. Heights and weights were measured at the ages of two, four, seven, 15, 36 and 53. When participants reached the age of 53, blood samples were taken to measure cholesterol levels. When all the figures were analysed, the results showed that the faster height was gained before the age of two and after the age of 15, the lower was the cholesterol level at the age of 53.