Firm handshake link to long life

September 11, 2010

Firm handshake link to long life

10 September

Handshake A firm handshake was one of the signs of longevity

The strength of your handshake could be a clue to how long you’ll live, say scientists from University College London.

They matched older people’s balance, grip strength and ability to get up from a chair with their risk of an earlier death.

Those who did best were likely to live longer, the British Medical Journal reported.

It is hoped such simple tests might help doctors spot “at-risk” patients.
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With time this could be relevant to younger people in terms of preventative medicineā€

The study, carried out at the Medical Research Council-funded Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing, combined the results of more than 30 earlier research projects, involving tens of thousands of people which looked at “physical capability” and mortality.

The people involved were mostly over the age of 60, but living in the community rather than hospitals or care homes.

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