Hand-grip strength and disability

Hand-grip strength and disability

Hand-grip strength at baseline was inversely related to 4-year disability in rural elderly men in Italy. Of the men with a hand grip strength rated “good”, 26% became disabled versus 48% who were graded “poor”. This inverse relationship of grip strength to risk of disability remained after multivariable analysis.

Hand-grip strength and disability

Interpretation

This small study among one SCS cohort shows that hand-grip strength in older men, a simple measure of muscular strength, provides information about risk of future disability. Though hand-grip strength is influenced by several disorders, multivariable analysis showed that its prognostic value is independent of joint disorders, diabetes and cognitive function.

References

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Studies in the elderly

The Zutphen Elderly, HALE and FINE studies researched the indicators of healthy ageing.

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