A longitudinal study examines the associations between childhood muscular fitness and the development of metabolic syndrome during adulthood.

The study, published recently in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, suggests that higher levels of muscular fitness during childhood might protect against the development of metabolic syndrome during adulthood.

In addition, this link may be apparent independent from the cardiorespiratory fitness levels during childhood, according to a media release from American College of Sports Medicine.

For example, per the release, those with the highest muscular fitness at ages 9 to 15 years had an 80% lower risk of developing metabolic syndrome in adulthood—in comparison to those who had low muscular fitness levels during childhood.

Overall, the release concludes, a combination of increased muscular fitness, increased cardiorespiratory fitness and decreased adiposity in childhood may reduce future risk metabolic syndrome.

[Source(s): American College of Sports Medicine, Science Daily]