A Research Claims That Grip Strength Can Assess A Person’s Life Span
We have heard this throughout our lives probably that whenever you greet someone, shake hands firmly and look them in the eye while talking. Well this is not just about manners anymore, scientists have found a way through which one can assess a person’s possible life span with their grip.
A new research illustrates a profound relationship between mortality, disease and grip strength. Apparently by the strength of one’s grip, you can estimate a person’s life span. Using a sample of nearly 140,000 between the ages of 35-70, researchers studied adults from 17 different countries.
According to lead author Darryl Leong, an assistant professor at McMaster University in Canada:
These findings suggest that grip strength is an excellent indicator of one’s risk of death. The relationship between grip strength and all-cause mortality was stronger than the relationship between systolic blood pressure—a well-recognized cardiovascular risk factor—and all-cause mortality.
Low muscle strength should alert the clinician of health care worker to an individual who may be at risk of poor outcomes and death. They may benefit from closer surveillance and particular attention to the lifestyle and risk factors.
A handheld dynamometer was used to test the strength of the grip and later the researchers followed up on the participants’ health for four years. According to the study, each time the grip strength dropped by 5 KG it meant that is has increased 16 percent risk of death, 17 percent risk of cardiovascular cause of death and 17 percent risk for non-cardiovascular cause of death.
The study showed that people from Asia had weaker grip whereas the Europeans had stronger grip, though the study only revolves around aspects of grip strength and not the cultural factors involved. I believe the cultural aspect of someone can be associated with weaker grip.