Health The Size Of This Body Part Is Linked To Your Death

22:04  11 november  2017
22:04  11 november  2017 Source:   Medical Daily

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What does the size of your arm say about you, other than how much you can bench? Maybe whether you will survive heart disease. A study in the American Journal of Cardiology looked at the upper arms of almost 600 older adults with cardiovascular disease and found a link between their circumferences

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  The Size Of This Body Part Is Linked To Your Death Doctors took measurements of two body parts in older patients and found that when one of them was bigger, those people were less likely to die of heart disease.

What does the size of your arm say about you, other than how much you can bench? Maybe whether you will survive heart disease.

A study in the American Journal of Cardiology looked at the upper arms of almost 600 older adults with cardiovascular disease and found a link between their circumferences — the distances around them — and survival rates. The researchers took measurements of the mid-upper arm and calf circumferences, two numbers which are used to help determine muscle mass, and studied the patients’ muscle function through their gait speed and grip strength. During a period of follow-up averaging about a year and a half, 72 of the adults, who were all at least 65 years old, had died, but those with higher circumferences had better outcomes.

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THOUGHT the size of your arm muscle only demonstrates how much you can lift at the gym? A study of 599 older adults with cardiovascular disease has found a link between the circumference of their arm muscles and their Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the UK and worldwide.

Although the raw data suggested both upper arm and calf sizes are correlated with chances of dying of heart disease, the researchers wrote that only the arm measurement proved to be a “significant” capability to independently predict outcomes.

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Source: Kamiya K, Masuda T, Matsue Y, et al. Prognostic Usefulness of Arm and Calf Circumference in Patients ≥65 Years of Age With Cardiovascular Disease. The American Journal of Cardiology. 2016.

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