Your Grip Can Be An Indicator Of Your Health

It’s been said that a firm handshake or grip is an indicator of one’s personality, but a recent study contends that the strength of an individuals grips may well predict their potential risk for cardiovascular disease and other chronic diseases.

During a seven-year period, beginning in January, 2003 and concluding in December 2009, 139,691 individuals participated in the Prospective Urban-Rural Epidemiology study. Participants ranged in age from 35 to 70 and hailed from 17 different nations. Data collected from the participants included; the level of physical activity, blood pressure, weight, height, dietary content and behavioral actions.

With revisions based on the participants height and weight, a range of 67 to 84 pounds was registered for the average male grip, and for women, a range of 54 to 62 was recorded. Researchers of the study determined that for every 11 pound reduction in grip strength, there was an elevated risk of death associated with a cardiovascular event, such as a heart attack (7%) or stroke (9%). The assembled data indicated that there was no link with grip strength and diabetes, and pneumonia, but served as a more reliable indicator than systolic blood pressure readings according to Stephen Murray CCMP Capital. More information can be found here on Bloomberg.

The study contends that the grip strength method is a viable means of establishing the probability of cardiovascular death, and cardiovascular disease, but further analysis is necessary to determine if increases in strength reduce premature death and cardiovascular conditions.

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