What secrets does your hand grip reveal about your health?

Would you believe that the way you hold your hands can indicate a serious illness? In fact, a weaker grip on something could be a sign of a serious health problem.

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A recent medical study discovered that individuals with poor hand grip experience accelerated DNA ageing. This study found that doing a few push-ups at home can reverse cell ageing. According to another study, a weak grip is indicative of muscle weakness, which may be caused by a serious illness.

Why is hand grip important?

A number of research reports have shown that a strong hand grip is good for us. According to research, weightlifters have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and other chronic diseases. The grip strength of the hands is also an indicator of the average age.

A 2015 study of 140,000 individuals found a correlation between poor hand grip and premature mortality. According to researchers, hand grip is a simple and accurate predictor of future health, even for young and middle-aged people.

Other medical experts say that a tight grip on the hand is often a sign of old age, but when biological age is taken into account, it can show whether you will be healthy in the future or not.

What is biological age?

By the way, a person’s age is determined by their date of birth (chronic age), but in medical terms, there is also a biological age that corresponds to the age of physical and mental functions (biological age). This biological age is influenced by genes, lifestyle, and other factors, and the older a person is, the greater their risk for a variety of diseases.

This also gives an indication of how fast we are ageing.

The relationship between hand grip and ageing

In a study of 1,275 individuals, blood cell samples were collected to determine the biological age of the participants. Similarly, the death records of individuals who passed away 10 years after enrolling in the study were analysed and compared to the grip strength of their hands. According to the findings, the greater the biological age, the weaker the hand grip.

The DNA of such people is aging and the risk of early death or various diseases increases.

So is it possible to avoid it?

This research was addressed within the same study. According to research, there is no need to strengthen the grip of the hands; rather, exercises that strengthen the body are preferable.

The researchers said that simple exercises such as using dumbbells can also strengthen muscles, which will also improve hand grip

As mentioned above, push-ups are also helpful exercises in this regard.

Author: DoctorMaryam.org

4th Professional Medical Student. Karachi Medical and Dental College.

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