Teen boys with more muscles are likely to live longer

Teenage is always more of fun, going through higher levels of education, hitting puberty and going through various mixed emotions. Hardly any boy cares about building muscles at that age. But according to a recent study by Swedish experts who had tracked a million teenage boys for 24 years found that those boys who have low muscle strength, weaker arm, leg muscles and a limp grip are at an increased risk of early death.

Researchers behind the British Medical Journal (BMJ) believe that muscle strength reflects general fitness. These findings do not mean muscle building makes you live longer  , however the link between early death and muscle power remained in the study. As may as 26,145 men died over the course of the study.

The teenagers who scored above average on muscular strength at the start of the study had a 20-35 % lower risk of early death from any cause and also from cardiovascular diseases, the report said. They also had a 20-30 % lower risk of early deaths from suicide and were up to 65 % more likely to have any psychiatric diagnosis, such as schizophrenia or depression.

Well it’s not really surprising to know such facts given that teenage boys are spending more time in front of television and gaming consoles instead of play grounds. At teenage one doesn’t actually need to the gym to build muscles. If you love any sport don’t play it on a X box or play station, instead play the game naturally outside the house and it’s more fun too. X box and play station are cool no doubt but there should be some limit to it. Parents should take special care of their children in their teenage and should make sure that they are more into sports and less into video games.

Also, diet becomes more important at this age and having junk food should be avoided whenever possible. Eating health protein based food and enough physical activity at this age is more than enough. In teenage, the body is still developing and good nutrition and good muscle weight will only benefit in later stages of life. It’s no rocket science to understand that teens with more muscles are likely to live longer.

10 comments

  1. Nicely written Sameer,.. You have actually highlighted the most imp facts of childhood obesity.. The kids who are more prone to sit in front of the computer and play only video games are faced with sedentary life style and childhood obesity.
    Thank you
    Sweta

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