Journal article

Higher Blood Pressure Is Associated With Higher Handgrip Strength in the Oldest Old

Diana G Taekema, Andrea B Maier, Rudi GJ Westendorp, Anton JM de Craen

American Journal of Hypertension | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2011


BACKGROUND: Aging is associated with progressive loss of muscle strength. Muscle tissue is vascularized by an elaborate vascular network. There is evidence that blood pressure (BP) is associated with muscle function in middle age. It is unknown how BP associates with muscle function in oldest old people. We studied the association between BP and handgrip strength in middle and old age. METHOD: BP was measured automatically in middle-aged subjects and with a mercury sphygmomanometer in the oldest old. Handgrip strength was measured with a handgrip strength dynamometer. Cross-sectional measurements of handgrip strength and BP were available for 670 middle-aged subjects (mean 63.2 ± 6.6 years) ..

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Awarded by Netherlands Consortium for Healthy Aging (NGI/NWO)

Awarded by Seventh Framework Programme MYOAGE

Funding Acknowledgements

This study was supported by an unrestricted grant from the Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research (ZonMw), the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports, the Netherlands Genomics Initiative/Netherlands Organization for scientific research and the Netherlands Consortium for Healthy Aging (NGI/NWO; 05040202 and 050-060-810 NCHA) and the seventh framework programme MYOAGE (HEALTH-2007-2.4.5-10).