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A strong grip means you will live longer, study finds

Study suggests that physicians should use grip strength as a test of heart problems

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The more tightly you grip on an object the longer you are likely to live. A weak grip, on the other hand, indicates that you are less likely to be able to stand up to chronic disease and therefore be less healthy when you are older—and so die earlier.

A team of research scientists at Michigan Medicine is so convinced that this link is valid that they are urging physicians to start using grip strength as a means of predicting heart problems. They argue that it is a better measure than the method that is commonly used, which is checking a person’s systolic blood pressure.

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