The Secret to Determining Your Health
While many people exercise working their abs, arms, and chest, there is one form of strength above all that will determine so much of your health, disease, and the rate that you will age:
It’s Your Grip Strength
The video discusses the importance of your grip strength.
But Why Grip Strength?
Grip strength has been proposed as a biomarker for:
- Bone density
- Cognitive impairment
- Sleep problems
- Quality of life
Consequently, the routine use of grip strength can be recommended as a stand-alone measurement or as a component of a small battery of measurements for identifying older adults at risk of poor health status. Grip strength is also supported as a predictor of disease with much of the literature focused on cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Grip Strength in Studies
Wu et al. in a summary of 12 studies, determined that a 5kg decrease in grip strength was associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Perhaps most telling in regard to the relationship of grip strength and cardiovascular mortality, however, are the findings reported by Leong et al.
They determined that grip strength was a more powerful predictor of cardiovascular mortality 17% more than systolic blood pressure!