Why being short is no joke

Short people face a greater lifetime cardiovascular risk, according to a study that confirms the long-known link between height and heart disease by examining genetics.

The study is the first to show that the higher risk is primarily due to a variety of genes that influence whether a person is tall or short, and not potentially confounding factors like poverty or poor nutrition.

Led by researchers at the University of Leicester, the study is published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Researchers examined 180 different genetic variants in a database of nearly