Want to live longer? Have strong hands.

In a previous blog posting , I posted about the association between handgrip strength and Morbidity (the rate of disease in a population) and mortality(the number of deaths in a population during a given time or place ).

I have this same tool for myself. I use it almost all day every day.

Here are three more studies that show the link between hand strength and disease.

The first study shows the link between hand strength and sickness and death. The first study showed there was sufficient evidence that hand strength was a predictive link all-cause and disease-specific mortality, future function, bone mineral density, fractures, cognition and depression, and problems associated with hospitalization. That’s a pretty impressive list

The second study used a dynamometer(handheld testing tool) to test hand strength. The authors of the study found that patient with greater differences from side to side shows an increased morbidity risk. The greater the difference the greater the risk.

The third study showed: Assessing hand grip strength asymmetry, as another potential biomarker of impaired muscle function, may provide novel insights for predicting instrumental activities of daily living limitations. Future research should continue examining how strength asymmetries, and other aspects of muscle function beyond maximal strength, factor into the disabling cascade.

Grip Strength: An Indispensable Biomarker For Older Adults

Handgrip Strength Asymmetry and Weakness Are Associated With Future Morbidity Accumulation in Americans – PubMed (nih.gov)

Handgrip Weakness and Asymmetry Independently Predict the Development of New Activity Limitations: Results from Analyses of Longitudinal Data from the US Health and Retirement Study

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