Muscle strength indicates the state of human health
Scientists came to the conclusion that physical force of the muscles can tell a lot about the health state of the human body.
Scientists from the United Kingdom have conducted a series of experiments. During the study, the experts carried out analysis and made assessment of relation between the grip strength and general physical condition of fifty thousand English people, among whom there were both men and women of all age groups. They used a hand gripper with force measuring device in order to measure the grip force, and registered all results. Then the participants underwent a thorough medical health examination in order to find out whether they have any health troubles. According to the findings of this study, men appeared to be much stronger and gained muscle mass much more effectively than the weaker sex. However, the scientists outlined that men who participated in the experiment began to fall ill, weaken and show signs of aging a little earlier than women.
But this trend was observed only up to the age of 30 – at this age, the scientists established the peak of the muscles’ activity. People, who passed their 30th birthday, as the scientists noted, meet a gradual slowdown. In particular, this tendency is observed for those participants, who never went in for sports.
Based on the results of their own research, the scientists have created special tables, which are designed to assist physicians in diagnosing problems in people taking into consideration the reduction of the muscle strength. According to the British scientists, such study may even find such diseases as sarcopenia – deformation of the skeletal muscles, provoking a decrease in muscle strength. The scientists also believe that in the future the results of their experiments will be much in demand for more accurate determining of the length of human life.
The findings of the study carried out by Canadian researchers confirm the ones of the British medical study. “This is a simple and inexpensive method to identify the individual risk of cardiovascular disease. This method can be a very useful tool for predicting the risk of death, especially among those patients who have serious medical troubles,” – say the study authors, led by Darryl P. Leong, from McMaster University Hamilton, Canada. – “This measurement allows us to prescribe the following treatment – diet, physical training, and so on.”