Jul 29, 2008

Adult height and the risk of mortality in South Korean women

American Journal of Epidemiology
Yun-Mi Song, Joohon Sung


To evaluate the association between adult height as a surrogate marker of childhood circumstances and the risk of mortality, 344,519 South Korean women aged 40-64 years categorized into six height groups were prospectively followed for mortality between 1994 and 2004. In Cox proportional hazards regression with adjustment for behavioral and biologic risk factors, there was an inverse association between height and total mortality; mortality risk decreased 7% for each 5-cm increment in height. The association did not materially change after adjustment for behavioral factors and adulthood socioeconomic factors or after full adjustment for all available covariates. When height-associated risks of death from specific causes were evaluated in a fully adjusted analysis, a 5-cm increment in height was associated with lower risks of death from respiratory diseases, stroke, diabetes mellitus, and external causes (hazard ratios were 0.84 (95% confidence interval (CI): 0.74, 0.96), 0.84 (95% CI: 0.80, 0.88), 0.87 (95% CI: 0.80, 0.96), and 0.88 (95% CI: 0.83, 0.94), respectively) and with a higher risk of death from cancer (hazard ratio = 1.05, 95% CI: 1.02, 1.09). Given that adult height reflects early-life conditions, the independent ass...Continue Reading

Mentioned in this Paper

Confidence Intervals
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Health Outcomes
Incidence Studies
Cardiovascular Diseases
Acute Cerebrovascular Accidents
Malignant Neoplasms
Respiration Disorders
Decline, Mortality
Cox Proportional Hazards Models

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