Muscle Strength Lowers Death Rates

April 27, 2011 Updated Apr 27, 2011 at 7:55 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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April 27, 2011 Updated Apr 27, 2011 at 7:55 PM EDT


(WKBW/ABC News) High blood pressure increases the risk of stroke, heart attack, kidney disease, and early death.

Medicine will help treat it, but doctors say men can do something else to protect themselves: build up some muscle!

Researchers say high muscular strength lowers death rates in men with high blood pressure.

In fact, men who had higher muscle strength were at a 34 percent lower risk of death due to *any* cause than those with lesser muscle strength.

Researchers say all middle age men with high blood pressure should start doing more yard work or some light weight-lifting to build up strength and go beyond aerobic exercise.

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