Teenage muscle strength and early death

Posted at 4:32 pm on 01/21/2015 by Powlin V. Manuel MD, MBA, MS
Lower muscle strength in teenage years related to increased risk for early death as an adult – Powlin Manuel MD, MBA, MS

As pediatricians, we find that the one-goal most teenagers have in common is to build muscles; they do all kinds of things to increase muscle strength and muscle mass. Psychologists have explained this as an expression of biologically driven need to compete with other teenage males for attracting females. There could be more reasons as shown by recent research. Ortega, F.B.et al (2012) reported that low level of muscular strength in adolescence is associated with all cause premature mortality due to heart disease and suicide. Maybe, it is the drive for survival that motivates the teenagers to build muscle strength.

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