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.
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.