|Budget Amount *help
¥2,000,000 (Direct Cost : ¥2,000,000)
Fiscal Year 1997 : ¥800,000 (Direct Cost : ¥800,000)
Fiscal Year 1996 : ¥1,200,000 (Direct Cost : ¥1,200,000)
A follow-up study was conducted to clarily the relationship between physical-strength level and risk of death from all causes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease. A total of 4,771 persons (2,323 men and 2,448 women) who were 40 years old or older were examined at four health-promotion centers between 1983 and 1987. By 1996,4,692 persons (2,288 men and 2,404 women) had been contasted by questionnaire. The follow-up rate was 98.3%.During this period, 219 deaths were reported. At baseline, five physical-strength tests (side step, standing trunk flexion, sit-ups, grip strength, and vertical jump)were performed. The examioniees were questioned about smoking status (current smoker, nonsmoker, and ex-smoker).People with lower values for side step (RR=1.46) and vertical jump (RR=1.60) had an excess risk of death from all causes. People with lower values for vertical jump (RR=3.81) had an excess risk of death also from cardiovascular disease. People with low values for total fitness score (RR=2.76) also had an excess risk of death from cardiovascular disease. After adjustment for smoking status, the results showed same tendency as before. It is concluded that a low level of physical strength might be significantly correlated with subsequent health outcomes.