Move over weight, blood pressure and cholesterol! Several studies1,2,3 indicate that grip strength may predict the risk of disability and even death—literally anticipating the rate of aging—better than the traditional markers of health. Michael F. Roizen, MD, Cleveland Clinic’s Chief Wellness Officer has long been interested in how people can change their rate of aging. Doctors are still working to understand the association between grip strength and the incidence of disability and death. Actively improving grip strength may slow the rate of aging. Interesting early statistics look promising in helping medical professionals identify, track and change patient behavior to treat preventable conditions.
Case-fatality rates for incident cases of myocardial infarction, stroke, cancer, hospital admission for pneumonia or COPD, pneumonia, injury from a fall, and fracture, stratified by grip strength tertile.
Citation: Dr Darryl P Leong, PhD, Prof Koon K Teo, PhD, Sumathy Rangarajan, MSc, et al. Prognostic value of grip strength: findings from the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study. The Lancet Volume 386, Issue 9990, Pages 266-273 (July 2015). DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(14)62000-6
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