How the shape of your SKELETON could affect your health

SCIENTISTS believe they’ve figured out how the shape of your skeleton might affect your health.

For example, if you have a long torso for your height, you are more likely to suffer from back pain.


do you have wide hips You are at a higher risk of fighting osteoporosis.

And people with particularly long femurs are at increased risk of knee pain, arthritis, and general knee problems.

That’s all according to a new study from the University of Texas.

Eucharist Kun, a biochemistry researcher and lead author of the study, said, “These disorders arise from biomechanical stresses on the joints throughout life.”

“Skeletal proportions affect everything from how we walk to how we sit, and it makes sense that they are risk factors for these disorders.”

Researchers examined biobank data from more than 30,000 people between the ages of 40 and 80.

Using artificial intelligence, they analyzed full-body X-rays and the results of genetic tests.

They found 145 regions associated with genes that regulate skeletal development, few of which were previously known.

Not only did the team find that a long torso is a potential indicator of back pain, wide hips of osteoporosis, and long femurs of arthritis, they also discovered that the tibia or tibia is associated with knee discomfort.

There was also a link between a higher knee joint and hip and knee osteoarthritis.

Overall, all skeletal proportions were highly heritable—between 30 and 50 percent.

That means genetics play an important role in how you develop — and what health problems you can expect to face down the road.

The milestone study was published in the journal Science.

The shape of your skeleton could affect your health, according to scientists


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Russell Falcon

Russell Falcon is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Russell Falcon joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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