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Study links greater muscle power with longer life

Improved muscle power is associated with longer life, according to findings presented during a meeting of the European Society of Cardiology. Researchers assessed the maximum muscle power of 3,900 adults between the ages of 41 and 85, and those with maximal muscle power above the median for their gender had the best survival rates. Compared with those whose maximal muscle power fell above the median for their gender, those in the lowest quarter below the median had a 10 to 13 times greater risk of dying during the study period.

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