Friday, September 10, 2010

Firm handshakes could indicate a long life, British scientists say

A FIRM handshake could mean you are in for a long life, according to British scientists today.
Grip strength, the speed we walk or get up from a chair and our ability to balance could be indicators of how long we may live, a decades-long study of more than 50,000 people found.
The Medical Research Council (MRC) measured grip firmness of grip in a study of volunteers across 33 countries, aged from 18-years-old to over 80. The link between grip strength and survival could be seen in younger as well as older adults.
Other tests of physical capability, including tests of walking speed, chair rising and balance while standing, were conducted in volunteers aged 60 years and older.
However, scientists said more research was required to determine whether these movements are able to predict long-term survival in younger people, in the same way as grip strength does
Ex-PM John Howard (right) shakes hands with Mark Latham / John Feder

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