For Teen Boys, Muscles May Mean Longer Life
But researchers caution that building muscle mass doesn't increase lifespan
By Liam Carnahan, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 25, 2012 6:05 AM CST
Teenage boys with strong muscles may live longer.    (?)

(Newser) – It apparently pays to be strong. A new study out of Sweden finds that teenaged boys with above-average muscle strength have a better chance of living longer compared to those with lower levels of arm and leg muscle strength or a weaker grip, reports the BBC. Researchers analyzed nearly one million military conscripts over 24 years, and found that those in the "above-average" category at the start of the study had a 20% to 35% lower risk of early death.

Even muscular overweight men fared better than thinner men with weaker muscles. It may not be purely physical, either—stronger boys had a lower risk of death from suicide, and were less likely to develop psychiatric issues like schizophrenia or depression. But a professor cautions that the study doesn't mean that beefing up your muscles will translate into a longer life. "Sadly the trials of an intervention to increase exercise have not shown notable benefits, though that does not discourage me and many others from exercising."

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Dec 2, 2012 2:47 PM CST
these studies are one knows when they will die.. this sums it up best.. " Life...y'know, you start out, there's just a few mines---childhood diseases, falls from high places---then you hit adolescence, and there's more mines---drugs, unprotected sex, drunk drivers, lonely kids with guns---and the older you get, the more mines you see...and all you're trying to do now, really, is to get to the other side of the field, but that's not possible, is it? No! because the more you look, the more mines you see and pretty soon you realize that there's nowhere left to step."
Nov 25, 2012 4:40 PM CST
This is at least half genetic.......
Nov 25, 2012 12:14 PM CST
Probably because they get laid more, thus providing stress relief and confidence