Teens with higher muscle strength have lower risk of early death
The Swedish research, which tracked men aged 16–19 for 24 years, found stronger teenagers had a 20–35% lower risk of early death or cardiovascular disease, independent of BMI or blood pressure.
High muscle strength, assessed by knee extensions and handgrip tests, was also associated with a 20–30% lower risk of early death from suicide. Men with the lowest levels of strength had the greatest risk of dying from all causes before the age of 55.
Teens with low strength should be encouraged to boost their muscular fitness, the authors said.
BMJ 2012; online 20 Nov