Stronger Quads Linked to Reduced Death Risk

Strong quadriceps are linked to a lower risk of premature death from cardiovascular disease and from all causes— according to a study led by Kentaro Kamiya from Kitasato University Hospital in Japan. Researchers measured quad strength in 1,314 aging men and performed follow-up measurements five years later. Stronger men showed an 88 percent lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease and a 75 percent reduced risk from all causes, compared to men with the least quad strength. Regular exercise is critical for a long life. Poor leg strength promotes exercise intolerance, which deprives people of an easy and effective way of maintaining metabolic health. (The American Journal of Medicine, 128:1212-1219, 2015)

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