That way, presumably, you get to soak up more beneficent, hormetic cosmic rays.
Voss, J. D., P. Masuoka, B. J. Webber, A. I. Scher, and R. L. Atkinson. 2013. “Association of Elevation, Urbanization and Ambient Temperature with Obesity Prevalence in the United States.” International Journal of Obesity 37 (10): 1407–12.
… After controlling for urbanization, temperature category and behavioral and demographic factors, male and female Americans living o 500 m above sea level had 5.1 (95% confidence interval (CI) 2.7–9.5) and 3.9 (95% CI 1.6–9.3) times the odds of obesity, respectively, as compared with counterparts living X 3000 m above sea level.
Faeh, David, Felix Gutzwiller, Matthias Bopp, and Swiss National Cohort Study Group. 2009. “Lower Mortality from Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke at Higher Altitudes in Switzerland.” Circulation 120 (6): 495–501.
Being born at altitudes higher or lower than the place of residence was associated with lower or higher risk… The protective effect of living at higher altitude on coronary heart disease and stroke mortality was consistent and became stronger after adjustment for potential confounders. Being born at high altitude had an additional and independent beneficial effect on coronary heart disease mortality.
Hart, John. 2010. “Cancer Mortality in Six Lowest Versus Six Highest Elevation Jurisdictions in the U.S.” Dose-Response: A Publication of International Hormesis Society 9 (1): 50–58.
The present study compares archived cancer mortality rates in six low versus six high elevation jurisdictions. The study also compares mortality rates for all causes, heart disease, and diabetes in low versus high elevation jurisdictions in an effort to see if other mortality outcomes are different in low versus high elevations. Statistically significant decreases in mortality, with very large effect sizes, were observed in high land elevation for three of the four outcomes, including cancer. One possible explanation for the decreased mortality in high elevation jurisdictions is radiation hormesis. Another possible explanation, at least in the case of heart disease mortality, is the physiologic responses that accompany higher elevations regarding decreased oxygen levels.
Burtscher, Martin. 2016. “Lower Mortality Rates in Those Living at Moderate Altitude.” Aging 8 (10): 2603–4.
Individuals living at moderate altitudes (up to about 2000 m) were shown to have lower mortality from coronary artery disease (CAD) and stroke (-22% and -12% per 1000 m) and an about 50% lower risk of dying from Alzheimer’s disease compared with their counterparts living at lower altitudes. In contrast, reported altitude effects on cancer mortality are still conflicting. However, due to shared risk factors, e.g. obesity and diabetes, in cardiovascular disease and cancer a shared biology for both disease entities may be assumed. Therefore, it is hypothesized that mortality from certain cancers will decline with increasing altitude as demonstrated for CAD. …
The general life expectancy, e.g. in 2009, increased from low altitude (<251 m) to higher altitudes (1001 to about 2000 m) by about 2 years, in males from 76.7 to 79.1 years and in females from 82.1 to 84.1 years.
Thielke, Stephen, Christopher G. Slatore, and William A. Banks. 2015. “Association Between Alzheimer Dementia Mortality Rate and Altitude in California Counties.” JAMA Psychiatry 72 (12): 1253–54.
Sherpa, Lhamo Y., Deji, Hein Stigum, Virasakdi Chongsuvivatwong, Dag S. Thelle, and Espen Bjertness. 2010. “Obesity in Tibetans Aged 30–70 Living at Different Altitudes under the North and South Faces of Mt. Everest.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 7 (4): 1670–80.
BMI, WC and WHtR decreased with increasing altitude. The mechanism for these differences are not known, and we were not able to explain this by lower energy intake or increased physical activity. It is likely that the physical conditions such as low temperatures and low oxygen levels have a direct catabolic effect.