A simple, inexpensive tool may be more accurate in measuring heart health than monitoring blood pressure.
An international study on about 140,000 people , published in the Lancet, suggests such a finding.
Grip strength declines with age, but those whose declines fastest may be at greater risk of health problems.
Mid 20s women have a grip strength of about 75 lb which falls to 53 lb by age 70.
Mid 20s men start at 119 lb and fall to 84 lb.
The huge trial showed each 11lb reduction in grip strength increased the odds of an early death by 16%.
The study is summed up as follows:
“Grip strength might act as a biomarker of ageing across the life course,” while “loss of grip strength … might be a particularly good marker of underlying aging processes.”