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Getting A Grip On Life

Posted by Mike Gittleson on Jul 12, 2015 9:01:00 PM

A person’s chronological age can be quite different from their biological age. Scientists perpetually are on the lookout for the biomarkers that they can put together to most approximate one's demise. Though there is no exact definition for biological age, it generally indicates whether the body is functioning better or worse than its chronological age.

Recently, Gretchen Reynolds wrote an article in the New York Times, 'Older Athletes Have a Strikingly Young Fitness Age.' The article discussed how researchers have surmised that athletic seniors are typically 20 years or more younger physically than their chronological age compared to their non-athletic constituents. Looking at epidemiological studies those who are fitter generally have a longer life span. Getting fit and having the ability to change one's fitness age should be a viable reason to exercise.

The 2015 Lancet Medical Journal recently published, 'Grip strength and mortality: a biomarker of ageing?'  It was discussed that grip strength is simple to measure yet a powerful predictor of future disability, morbidity and mortality at any age. It may go as far as identifying an individual’s risk for having a heart attack or stroke or dying from cardiovascular disease.

Researchers found that an 11-pound decrease in grip strength over the course of their study was linked to a "16% higher risk of dying from any cause, a 17% higher risk of dying from heart disease, a 9% higher risk of stroke and a 7% higher risk of heart attack."

This is the largest study to have made this connection, as well as it was determined that grip strength was a relevant measure across high-income, middle-income and low-income in all countries.

Keeping fit and Getting Strong changes your life.

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