Muscular Strength May Lower Risk of Heart Disease and Diabetes for Teens
Teen boys and girls who have greater muscular strength are at a lower risk for heart disease and diabetes, according to a study of more than 1,400 boys and girls ages 10-12 published in the April 2014 issue of Pediatrics. Titled “Strength Capacity and Cardiometabolic Risk Clustering in Adolescents,” the study revealed that stronger boys and girls also had lower body mass indices, a lower percentage of body fat, smaller waist circumferences and higher levels of cardiorespiratory fitness.
Previous, large-scale studies have found that low muscular strength in teen boys is a risk factor for several major causes of death in young adulthood, such as suicide and cardiovascular diseases.
The authors concluded that this study bolsters support for strategies such as strength training or strengthening exercises to maintain healthy BMIs and body compositions among children and adolescents, and that it supports the use of resistance exercise to supplement traditional weight loss interventions among children and teens.