Better Start Flexing
A study that tracked the health of nearly 140,000 people across 17 diverse countries found that measuring the strength of one's hand grip is a simple and inexpensive way to predict one's chances of dying from cardiovascular and other diseases. The study, published in The Lancet, found that for every 11-pound decrease in grip strength there is a corresponding nine percent increase in stroke, a seven percent increase in heart attack, a 17 percent increase in death due to cardiovascular disease, and a 16 percent increase in death overall. Grip strength was also linked to the likelihood of pneumonia and cancer patients dying from their illness. Researchers were unable to explain the association between grip strength and cardiovascular health and mortality.