How's your hand grip? - Grip strength linked to early death-risk.
Harvard Medical School released news of a study today suggesting that hand grip strength is a predictor of an increased risk of having a heart attack, stroke or early death.
Hand grip strength is assessed using a Dynamometer (image above) and is measured in Kilograms. An individual's results can be compared to normative data to ascertain if their strength lies within normal limits. Hand grip strength has been shown to reflect overall strength. Previous studies have shown that weak hand grip strength is linked to a higher risk of death compared to those who have a stronger grip. These studies were performed on an older population in Europe and North America.
The Harvard Medical School study analysed 140 000 individuals from 17 countries around the world, across a broad age group spectrum. The study linked poor grip strength with an increased risk of heart disease and death due to heart disease. The researchers suggest that a person with weak grip strength is more likely to die sooner if medical problems develop than someone who has a higher grip strength. Muscle strength can predict survival.
The good news is that a healthy diet, resistance training and quality sleep can build muscle strength and contribute to overall wellness.
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