The expression "tall, dark and handsome" might need to be updated with "tall, dark, handsome and blood clot-prone." That’s because a new study reveals that men 6' feet and taller are twice as likely to develop blood clots than men 5'8 and under. We read about this on the Reuters news site. Blood clots aren’t always harmful. In fact, your body relies on blood clots to stop bleeding after an injury - and most blood clots dissolve after the body heals. However, if blood clots randomly form and fail to dissolve, that means trouble. Those blood clots could cause a stroke or heart attack.
Research published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, says don’t jump to the conclusion that being tall automatically means you’ll get blood clots, but the fact is, tall men have double the chance of developing blood clots than short men. That’s because tall men have slower blood flow through their veins, particularly in the legs. In an interesting side note, the study did not find that taller women were more likely than shorter women to develop blood clots. Scientists attribute this to the reality that there are not many women over 6' feet tall. No matter if you're tall or short, man or woman, nobody is completely immune to spontaneous blood clots, because of the fact that they are spontaneous.
However, you can take steps to minimize your risk. The Mayo Clinic's website says you can reduce your chances by quitting smoking and getting regular exercise. The big one though? Stop subjecting your body to long intervals of limited mobility. For instance, if you're on bed rest or crouched in a tiny seat on a long flight, or car ride, or sitting at a desk all day - those are prime situations for blood clots to form. So make sure you get up periodically and move around or at least move your feet like you’re pumping a brake pedal.