Grip strength, body composition, and mortality

Catharine R. Gale, Christopher N Martyn, Cyrus Cooper, Avan Aihie Sayer

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Several studies in older people have shown that grip strength predicts all-cause mortality. The mechanisms are unclear. Muscle strength declines with age, accompanied by a loss of muscle mass and an increase in fat, but the role that body composition plays in the association between grip strength and mortality has been little explored. We investigated the relation between grip strength, body composition, and cause-specific and total mortality in 800 men and women aged 65 and over.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)228-35
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Epidemiology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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