The long legs of celebrities like Gisele Bündchen and Maria Sharapova don’t just help them look gorgeous-they may contribute to better health, too.
A team of British researchers has recently linked shorter legs to an increased risk of liver disease in women, drawing their observations from a test group of approximately 3,600 women between the ages of 60 and 79. In the taller women, with longer legs, analysis showed that the liver’s four major enzymes were present in the organ in lower quantities than that of their vertically inferior counterparts, suggesting better function and less damage. One of the working theories concerning the height-to-liver-health ratio is that the liver is larger in women of greater height, thereby allowing the organ to better hold up against a lifetime of continuous use.
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