In a report coming from three counties , Sweden, Spain and the USA the association between muscular strength and mortality in men was examined
The cohort was 8762 men. After adjusting for age, physical activity , smoking, alcohol intake they found that an independent factor was muscular strength.
This is a strong protection against cardiovascular and respiratory disease and cancer.
They recommend regular resisting exercise involving the major muscle groups two or three times a week
Ruiz et al 2008, Association between muscular strength and mortality in men: prospective cohort study BMJ vol 337 92-96
- Martin Eastwood