#396 – Height Matters

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Image courtesy of Victor Maltby.

Especially when you are renewing your passport, driver’s licence, or other government document.

If you haven’t done so, take the time to measure your height (and weight). Wishful thinking aside, don’t just assume that you are the same height as you were the last time you renewed  paperwork. You probably have a good idea of how much, or little, you weigh, but in case you don’t, check that out, as well.

You might be surprised to discover that shrinkage happens.

When you live with a chronic disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, that shrinkage might happen more rapidly than in the general population. The bone-shattering link between RA and osteoporosis may occur for a number of reasons:

  • the disease process itself
  • the steroids you may take at one time or another
  • unrelenting pain, mobility-impairment, may prevent you from regularly participating in bone-building activities.

Another height-changer can be the result of a leg length discrepancy following a hip replacement, as in my case. There’s a slight change to my height, dependent upon which foot I stand.

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Only a few more days left. Thanks for moving A Rheumful of Tips into the 11th position of Healthline.com’s Best Health Blog of 2012 contest. It’s a lot to ask, so I really, truly, from the bottom of my heart, appreciate your voting as frequently as you do. The contest ends on Feb. 15th. 


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