A handshakes speaks a lot about one’s character or nature. This is widely known, but lately researchers say it can say something about one’s health too. In one of the earlier studies conducted on more than 140,000 adults from 17 countries found firmness of hand grip reveals good health.
Details of the study can be found in the online edition of The Lancet magazine that writes weak grip strength reveals greater risk of having a heart attack or stroke. If not, it suggests shorter survival time.
The researchers used inexpensive handgrip dynamometer device to measure the hand grip of all the adults who participated between the age group of 35 and 70. The tests were done for about four years and found during the research period 3,379 of the subjects died.
The Prospective Urban-Rural Epidemiology (PURE) says for every 5 kilograms of decrease in hand grip strength, the patient ran the risk of death by 16 percent higher than other people.
Lead author of the study, Dr. Darryl Leong, said this simple hand grip test can be really useful in the developing countries where the medical settings many time can’t afford expensive equipment.
Dr. Leong is from Population Health Research Institute, Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University in Canada.
Researchers also add up that it is not yet known whether increasing the hand grip strength can improve the health too. More research is yet to be needed to identify this.
However, it is noted that increasing muscle strength should be part of the daily exercise along with cardiovascular exercise.