They found simple measures of physical capability were related to life span among graying heads in the community, even after accounting for age, sex and body size.
The study is the first to provide a comprehensive view of the existing research by pooling all the relevant data. It analyzed grip strength, walking speed, time to get up from a chair and ability to balance on one leg, mostly in people 70 years and older, and looked at mortality from all causes.
“These measures have been used in population-based research for quite a long time,” said Rachel Cooper of the Medical Research Council, a publicly funded research organization in London. “They may be useful indicators for subsequent health.”
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