Strength testing could indicate length of life

September 10, 2010 2:18:04 PM PDT
A few basic physical tests could help predict your risk of death, according to a new study in the British Medical Journal.

It found measuring basic capabilities such as grip strength, walking speed, rising from a chair or balancing on one leg reveal a person's capacity to perform everyday tasks.

Study authors looked at 33 studies that examined physical capabilities in people of any age and found, overall, those who had poorer results on physical function tests had a consistently higher risk of death.

Authors say screening tests could benefit people at increased risk of death so interventions such as weight training could help.