According to a new study by the University of Michigan Medical School, adolescents who have stronger muscles tend to have reduced risk of heart diseases as well as diabetes. These children also have lower BMI, are in better shape and have smaller waists.
To come to the conclusion, researchers examined data from 1,400 children who were aged between 10-12; their percentage of body fat, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, triglycerides and glucose levels were also recorded.
The results showed that the strongest teen amongst the participant population had the lowest risk for diseases related to the heart and diabetes. The research was based on data collected from Cardiovascular Health Intervention Program that studied sixth graders in 17 mid-area Michigan schools from the year 2005 until 2008.
The strength of the participants was tested with the help of a standardized hand-grip assessment. Their cardio respiratory fitness was also examined for the study. The lead author of the study said that the stronger one is in relation to the body mass, the healthier he or she is. Exercises, sports as well as other recreational activities support early acquisition of muscular strength.
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