Grip test helps predict diabetes and hypertension

My father always said — and I bet yours did, too — that you can tell a lot about a man from his handshake.

It turns out that a simple handshake may reveal a lot more about your health than you ever realised.

In fact, researchers are now saying that the strength of your grip may be a simple, two-second test that can predict your risk of developing diabetes or a heart attack.

University of Florida researchers measured the grip strength on 1,500 participants and found that those with the weakest grips were most likely to have undiagnosed diabetes and hypertension.

In another study, published in The Lancet earlier this year, also showed that grip strength can be a good predictor for cardiovascular disease. Researchers found that for every 11 pounds in grip strength you lose over time, your chances of dying from a heart attack or stroke increases by a staggering 17 per cent.

There are many ways that poor health can show up in your grip or handshake. You may be suffering from muscle atrophy, a poor ratio of fat to muscle, or even “diabetic hand syndrome,” which limits finger movement.

I know a simple handshake can’t be the most scientific way to diagnose potentially life-threatening conditions like diabetes and heart disease.

However, the fact is, there are lots of people right now who have diabetes, hypertension and other illnesses that are undiagnosed.

That’s because if people aren’t overweight — even if they still have a high percentage of body fat — they often won’t be regularly screened for several common health conditions.

What a simple grip test can do is help you spot the early warning signs of disease — like declining muscle strength — in time for you and your doctor to do something about it.

And that can make this simple, two-second health check-up time very well spent.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
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