Handgrip Reveals Your Health Status


A handgrip is employed for early detection of health problems and it indicates your health status, say researchers.

This is a simple test to hold handgrip that is measured with a device hand-held. It peaks to 30s and 40s on an average as the strength of handgrip and declines with age.

When the handgrip of individuals falls below the reference value in an age group, sex and body height it is considered as an indicator for the practitioners to further their health checks is warranted,” from International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), said Nadia Steiber in Laxenburg, Austria.

“The handgrip strength measurement in clinical practice is a simple and efficient screening tool that reveals your health vulnerability. It also is a very low cost health measurement,” Steiber noted.

The study based on this research conducted is an integral part of the Reassessing Aging and this is done taking a Population Perspective (Re-Aging) project. The research showed that the strength of the handgrip can also be used as a substitute measure for age, as it corresponds with other markers of age such as disability, future mortality, ability to recover, cognitive decline and to recover from the stays of hospital.

The new study was published in PLOS ONE the journal and it provides a set of reference values for the handgrip strength measurement that could be employed in clinical practice.

The study is based from the German Institute for Economic Research data and includes more than 25,000 measurements of more than 11,000 people.

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