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Lack of muscle strength may point to an increased risk of a variety of detrimental outcomes (including CV- and non–CV-related death) in adults across the globe, suggest new findings from the Prospective Urban-Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study[1].

The current analysis of almost 140,000 adults from 17 countries showed highly significant inverse associations between grip strength and all-cause, CV, and non-CV mortality, as well as MI and stroke. In addition, grip strength was a significantly stronger predictor of all-cause mortality than was systolic blood pressure.