Want to Live Long and Prosper? Start Pumping Iron When You’re Young

weak boy lifting weightIf you were weak as a teenager, you’re at increased risk of becoming ill and/or dying from a number of factors, including obesity, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden studied more than 1 million Swedish 16-19-year old males and gave them strength tests at the beginning of the study. Guys who were considered strong as teenagers had a 20-35-percent lower risk of dying from any cause than guys who had low muscle strength.

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