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Adult height and the risk of mortality in South Korean women.
Am J Epidemiol. 2008 Sep 01; 168(5):497-505.AJ

Abstract

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 associations between height and mortality from all causes and specific causes support the view that early-life circumstances significantly influence health outcomes in adulthood.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Family Medicine, Samsung Medical Center, SungKyunKwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea.No affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18660491

Citation

Song, Yun-Mi, and Joohon Sung. "Adult Height and the Risk of Mortality in South Korean Women." American Journal of Epidemiology, vol. 168, no. 5, 2008, pp. 497-505.
Song YM, Sung J. Adult height and the risk of mortality in South Korean women. Am J Epidemiol. 2008;168(5):497-505.
Song, Y. M., & Sung, J. (2008). Adult height and the risk of mortality in South Korean women. American Journal of Epidemiology, 168(5), 497-505. https://doi.org/10.1093/aje/kwn187
Song YM, Sung J. Adult Height and the Risk of Mortality in South Korean Women. Am J Epidemiol. 2008 Sep 1;168(5):497-505. PubMed PMID: 18660491.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Adult height and the risk of mortality in South Korean women. AU - Song,Yun-Mi, AU - Sung,Joohon, Y1 - 2008/07/25/ PY - 2008/7/29/pubmed PY - 2008/11/1/medline PY - 2008/7/29/entrez SP - 497 EP - 505 JF - American journal of epidemiology JO - Am. J. Epidemiol. VL - 168 IS - 5 N2 - 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 associations between height and mortality from all causes and specific causes support the view that early-life circumstances significantly influence health outcomes in adulthood. SN - 1476-6256 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18660491/Adult_height_and_the_risk_of_mortality_in_South_Korean_women_ L2 - https://academic.oup.com/aje/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/aje/kwn187 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -