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Adolescents Are Stronger And Healthier Overall!


The University Of Michigan Medical School have recently conducted and explored the changes in adolescents and their health conditions. This new study was published in the journal Pediatrics. It was found that they have stronger muscles and a considerably reduced risk of cardio vascular diseases and diabetes. They seem to be in the pink of health and in better shape than ever. Their body mass index [BMI] was taken into account and found that they have smaller waists and are in better heath.
Researchers have examined data from more than 1,400 children between the ages of 10 to 12 years and even done an analysis of their body fat, blood pressures, cholesterol levels, glucose level and triglycerides. It was found that the strongest of them, health wise, had the lowest risk of diabetes and heart diseases. Those who had greater strength-to-body-mass ratios or pound-for-pound strength capacities were found to be at less risk of cardio vascular disease. This research was based on the material collected by the Cardiovascular Health Intervention Program (CHIP), which studied sixth graders in 17 mid-area Michigan schools from 2005 to 2008.

“It’s a widely-held belief that BMI, sedentary behaviors and low cardiovascular fitness levels are linked to diabetes, heart disease and stroke. But our findings suggest muscle strength possibly may play an equally important role in cardio-metabolic health in children,” said lead author Mark D. Peterson, of the University of Michigan Medical School.

There were recent studies conducted on how there was a link between kids and the effect of their unhealthy eating habits due to television. But this was one of the first studies of its kind to research and find out more about the connection between strength, physical and health-wise, and the reduced risk of diabetes and heart disease.
“The stronger you are relative to your body mass, the healthier you are,” Peterson noted. “Exercise, sports, and even recreational activity that supports early muscular strength acquisition, should complement traditional weight-loss interventions among children and teens in order to reduce risks of serious diseases throughout adolescence.” The participants in this study were assessed based on their hand-grip strengths. Cardio-respiratory fitness was even checked during this testing. This is to check how well the body responds to the transportation of oxygen to muscles throughout the body during a period of rigorous activity. Also it measures the body’s capacity to absorb this distributed oxygen.

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