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South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition

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Are 20th-century recommendations for growth and height correct? A review

T.T Samaras

Abstract


Findings supporting the counter-intuitive thesis that smaller body size promotes greater health and longevity are reviewed. In addition, the risks of promoting further growth through genetic manipulation are explored in relation to chronic disease and longevity. Supporting examples from animal research are also covered. The biological mechanisms that relate to height and longevity conclude the review.

Keywords: longevity; nutrition; growth; body height; chronic disease




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