Scientists from University College London said that power when people shake hands can be a clue how long someone will live or age.
Researchers match parents balance, grip strength and ability to get up from a chair against the risk of premature death. Someone who can do well, probably could live longer. The results are reported in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).
This study combined with more than 30 previous studies involving tens of thousands of people who see a person’s physical abilities and death. Most of the participants involved more than 60 years old, but still living at home.
The researchers found that mortality during the study period about 67 percent higher in people who have the weakest grip strength. A similar pattern was found on other measures, that is the slowest person on foot 3 times more likely to die faster and the slower rise from a chair more than twice as likely to die.
Despite the weakness that comes can be caused by disease or health factors that decrease, but the strength of shaking hands can show significant differences even in some people under the age of 60 years and have little or no health problems.
“One of the last part of the research conducted at the hospital found the difference in grip strength, even this is related to the duration of his stay in the hospital. This result is important enough,” said Professor Avan Aihie Sayer, a geriatrician from Southampton University, as quoted by BBC News, Saturday (09/11/2010).
Professor Sayer suggests it takes some study to identify significant differences in strength of shaking hands on a young person. Since this could be a clue about the health problems in the future.